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Cleethorpes - WW2

Conflict Commemorated:WW2

Address:Cemetery, Normanby Road, Cleethorpes

Parish:Cleethorpes

Locality:Cleethorpes Cemetery

Type of Memorial:Cross of Sacrifice

Commisioned By:CWGC

Materials Used:Stone

Description:On the right hand side of Cleethorpes Cemetery, (south side), which is relatively new, in the corner close to a small knoll is found this memorial. It consists of a Cross of sacrifice and a row of gravestones, set amongst a lawn and screened by a beech hedge and 4 small trees. Many of the individual graves are decorated with flowers and shrubs. The gravestones are in very good condition, with the inscriptions clearly readable. The whole memorial is a very good condition. It is maintained by North East Lincolnshire Council on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There are 49 graves arranged in two rows of 17 and then 2 rows of six graves with a one of those rows having an extra three graves. The cross of sacrifice itself measures 3100mm high, and stands on tiered foundation, the outside base made up of a hexagonal shape measuring 3000mm wide. The next level is 2000mm wide, and the height of the last block is 700mm high. It is unadorned and has no inscriptions upon it. It is constructed out of a white coloured stone that looks like limestone

Custodian/ Responsibility for Maintenance:North East Lincolnshire Council on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Surveyor/ Supplier of Information:John Readman

Notes:On Thursday July 12th 1951 the Cross of Sacrifice erected by the then named Imperial War Graves Commission was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Lord Willoughby d' Eresby. The Evening Telegraph reported the incident in their paper of the following day "On a knoll in the south-west corner of Cleethorpes cemetery yesterday, a contingent of Royal Air Force personnel presented arms. Nearby stood four British Legion standard bearers. A Union Jack, used by the King at a similar ceremony, fluttered gently down a pure white column-made white by the brilliant sunshine which bathed the scene-and the Cross of Sacrifice erected by the Imperial War Graves Commission was unveiled." The ceremony was watched by 65 relatives of the Servicemen buried in the cemetery, many who had travelled hundreds of miles to join in the remembrance. They sat in a separate enclosure near to the memorial. The ceremony was arranged by the Borough of Cleethorpes and the Clee Burial Board. The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt. Rev. M. Harland dedicated the cross in memory of those "who at the call of King and Country left all that was dear to them, endured hardness, faced danger, and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice" He told the large gathering, which included many onlookers, "We do not set up these memorials less we forget those we love, but rather as a perpetual reminder to us that men are spiritual" Lord Willoughby d'Eresby, a disabled ex-soldier said that those who were buried there came from all parts of Britain and the Commonwealth and gave their lives in the service of the country so that their families could live in peace. Wreaths were laid by Lord Willoughby d' Eresby and the Mayor of Cleethorpes, Councillor C.J. Shaw. The lesson was read by Rev. H.G. Taylor, minister of Mill-Road Methodist Church and prayers were said by Rev. E.W. Hill, vicar of Cleethorpes. The R.A.F. band Cranwell, provided the music and the trumpeter. The guard of honour was from North Cotes R.A.F. station. The ceremony was also attended by the Rev. H. Wrigley, Cleethorpes Baptist Church, Mr. G. Sutcliffe, Town Clerk of Cleethorpes, Ald. R. E. Dove, chairman of Clee Burial Board, Lieut.-Col. G.L. Ryan, C.O. 529 L.A.A. Regt. R.A., Wing-Cmdr. W.J. Mackan, R.A.F. North Cotes, Group-Capt. Merriott, C.O. North Cotes, Mr. W. K.K. Kinnear, chief administration officer U.K. Imperial War Graves Commission, Mr. J.F. Flynn, inspector for the Midland region War Graves Commission, Lieut. William Hunter, Salvation Army, Messrs T.G. Milner and J. Domican, Manchester Regiment, the Rev. E.J. Tuffin, St Aidan's Church, the Rev. Frank Baker, Trinity Methodist Church, Mr. T. Sergeant, British Legion, Mrs Priest, ladies' section, British legion, Mr. William Parkin, officer in charge Waltham Wireless, Mrs. Sergent, Lincolnshire Company, British Legion, Mr. G.W.A. Miller, Mission to Seamen, Ald. A. Croft-Baker, Lieut-Cmdr. C.W. A. Chapple Trawler Officers' Guild, Coun. C. Harris, Coun. A.B. Winters, Mr. J. F. Phillipson, and Mr. H. Waudby Brown, clerk to Clee Burial Board. After the ceremony, thanks were expressed to the Bishop of Lincoln and Lord Willoughby d'Eresby, at tea in the County Nursing Home in Mill-road, Cleethorpes

Sources Used:Grimsby Evening Telegraph July 13, 1951.

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