New memorial proposed to honour Tiverton’s war dead

Posted on: 12 February 2016

Tiverton does not currently have a main war memorial commemorating all conflicts. A new war memorial is being proposed at the triangle of land at the top of Angel Hill, together with associated landscaping improvements. The site is being designed as a focus for commemorative events and will allow many more people to see wreath laying and ceremonies than is now possible.

A consultation event for the public to see draft designs for the proposed new war memorial site on Angel Hill is to be held at the end of February. This will also be an opportunity to help choose which artist is commissioned for the new memorial – three artists Iain Cotton, Charles Gurrey and Malcolm Sier have been shortlisted.

From 23rd February until 6th March designs will be available for viewing in two locations – Tiverton Town Hall foyer and in the Royal British Legion War Memorial Hall. The stall will be unmanned for most of this period but Catherine Marlow (MDDC Conservation Officer for Tiverton area) and Michael Hawes of Landscape Designers ‘Meiloci’ will be available to answer questions on Thursday 3rd March between 10am and 12noon (Town Hall) and from 4pm-6.30pm (RBL Hall).

The new space would also make provision for an eventual relocation of the Burma Star memorial from Phoenix Lane to the site and an opportunity to design a suitable place for the Victoria Cross commemorative paving slab. This will be given to the town in 2017 – 100 years after it was awarded to Private Thomas Sage of Tiverton for his gallantry in saving the lives of several comrades by throwing himself onto a grenade during fighting east of Ypres. The paving stones will be awarded to the home towns of every soldier awarded the VC for their actions during the World War I.

Tiverton’s current war memorials are the War Memorial Hall (erected after the World War I), the American memorial in People’s Park and the Burma Star memorial in Phoenix Lane.

Contact: Catherine Marlow, Conservation Officer cmarlow@middevon.gov.uk 01884 234341

Additional background information of interest:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/winner-of-first-world-war-victoria-cross-paving-stone-design-competition-unveiled

http://victoriacrosstrust.org/thomas-henry-vc

A facebook page ‘Angel Hill War Memorial Project’ will be set up shortly but is currently pending.

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