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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Cowes -
- War Memorial -

Location

In Northwood Park, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8AZ
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 20977
 
Historic England Listing Status

The War Memorial was listed in September 2016 at Grade II.

See Listing Details [Historic England]
 
Isle of Wight Council Local Listing Status
 
The War Memorial has been included in the list of structures of Local importance held by the Isle of Wight Council (June 2008).
 
Description

A stone cenotaph, which is now displayed in a partially demolished state.
The memorial is made of Cornish granite and was originally 13 ft in height. The names were cast in bronze tablets. Originally located at the corner of Market Hill and the High Street, Cowes, outside the then Post Office.
The Memorial was unveiled by Maj-Gen J E B Seely, CB, CMG, DSO, JP, MP., and dedicated by the Vicar of Holy Trinity, on Wednesday 30th March 1921. It was designed by Mr Andrew Forster MBE, and built by Messrs J Ball and Son. The Memorial was partially destroyed during World War II, with the loss of the bronze name panels.

No names for World War II were originally installed.

In 2010 Cowes Town Council commissioned work to relay the paving around the Memorial, and to provide granite plaques naming those men from both World Wars who died. The work was carried out by G J Banks (paving and restoration) and Wight Stonemasonry Ltd (engraving names and gilding).

The Memorial was rededicated on Sunday 14th November 2010 in a short service conducted by the Rev. Canon Richard Emblin.

See also the Roll of Honour at St Mary's Church.
Memorial

Cowes War memorial 1920's
 
Cowes War memorial
 
Cowes War memorial plaque
 
Cowes War memorial plaque WWI
 
Cowes War memorial plaque WWI 1
 
Cowes War memorial plaque WWI 2
 
Cowes War memorial plaque WWI 3
 
Cowes War memorial plaque WWII 1
Inscription

Original inscription :


PRO PATRIA IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN BELONGING TO THIS TOWN WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918. GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS.



Current inscription :


1914 - 1918    1939 - 1945

THIS MEMORIAL, ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE
RESIDENTS OF COWES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918, STOOD AT THE JUNCTION OF HIGH
STREET AND MARKET HILL, AND WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED
IN AN AIR RAID ON THE NIGHT OF THE 4TH - 5TH MAY 1942
IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945.

RE-ERECTED AS A MEMORIAL OF THE TWO WARS AND TO
THE MEMORY OF ALL WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN DEFENCE OF THEIR COUNTRY


 
2010 Plaques


PRO PATRIA
IN PROUD AND
LOVING MEMORY OF
THE MEN BELONGING
TO THIS TOWN
WHO LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918
------
names as given below
------
THE NAMES GIVEN
REPRESENT THOSE ON
THIS WAR MEMORIAL
UNTIL ITS
DESTRUCTION ON
4/5 MAY 1942.
NAMES IN ITALICS
HAVE BEEN ADDED
SUBSEQUENTLY.
THE
ORIGINAL MEMORIAL
WAS UNVEILED
BY MAJOR J.E.B. SEELEY
31 MARCH 1921



Note : the spelling of the surname of MAJOR J.E.B. SEELY
is given incorrectly as SEELEY

PRO PATRIA
IN PROUD AND
LOVING MEMORY OF
THOSE BELONGING
TO THIS TOWN WHO
LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE
SECOND WORLD WAR
1939 - 1945
------
names as given below
------
THIS MEMORIAL
WAS REFURBISHED BY
COWES TOWN COUNCIL
AND REDEDICATED
14TH NOVEMBER 2010.
NAMES ON THE
MEMORIAL FOR WWI
WERE LOST DURING
ENEMY ACTION IN 1942
AND THOSE FOR WWII
ARE RECORDED
FOR THE FIRST TIME.




 


Further Information

The Names given are as currently inscribed


World War I (148 names)
NameCWGC links Other information
E W ALLEN CWGC record ...
F L ALLEN CWGC record ...
W C ALLEN CWGC record ... not found
G R ANGELL CWGC record ...
C ARNOLD CWGC record ...
J ASH CWGC record ...
E A AYRES CWGC record ...
A R BAILEY CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery (Cowes)
J H BARRETT CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave at Whippingham Churchyard
H G BARTLETT CWGC record ...
W H BARTLETT CWGC record ...
J R BARTON CWGC record ...
F BAX CWGC record ...
W J BEST CWGC record ...
R M BILK CWGC record ...
S H BISHOP CWGC record ... not found
G G BOWER CWGC record ...
H E A BROWN CWGC record ...
F BURRIDGE CWGC record ... not found
G H BULL CWGC record ...
E C CARPENTER CWGC record ...
H T CARTER CWGC record ...
E H CAWS CWGC record ...
W G CAWS CWGC record ...
W CHAPMAN CWGC record ...
H COLE CWGC record ...
G COLTAR CWGC record ... Circumstances of death - Loss of ss Whitgift
C E COOPER CWGC record ... Biographical Information
F C COOPER CWGC record ... Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery
L E COTTER CWGC record ...
H K DAMANT CWGC record ...
W DANIEL CWGC record ...
S DAVENPORT CWGC record ...
A C DAY CWGC record ...
E E DIMMICK CWGC record ...
E F DRAPER CWGC record ...
W DRAPER CWGC record ...
E DUFF CWGC record ...
R DYCER Probable CWGC record ...
H A EVANS CWGC record ... not found
W C FERRIS CWGC record ...
M A FIELD CWGC record ...
W J FINCH CWGC record ...
H J FRANCIS CWGC record ...
D A FRENCH CWGC record ...
A J FROUD CWGC record ...
E H FULLER CWGC record ...
C W GIBBENS CWGC record ... Biographical Information
W GLADDIS CWGC record ...
C H GUSTAR CWGC record ...
E J HAGEN CWGC record ...
J C HARDING CWGC record ...
F HARRIS CWGC record ...
H HARVEY CWGC record ...
W C HAWKINS CWGC record ...
C HAYTER CWGC record ...
S C HENDEY CWGC record ...
W H HENDEY CWGC record ...
H A HOBBS CWGC record ...
E HESKETH CWGC record ... Auckland Museum Cenotaph record ...
A HILL CWGC record ...
H HODGES CWGC record ...
P E HOLDEN CWGC record ...
W W HOLMES CWGC record ...
G HUNT Possible CWGC record ...
P HUNT CWGC record ...
A J HURST CWGC record ...
S T IVORY no CWGC record Biography and details of death
E W JACKMAN CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery (Cowes)
G H JACKSON CWGC record ...
W JOLLIFFE CWGC record ...
T JONES CWGC record ... Biographical information
F A KEMP CWGC record ... Biographical information
W G KITTLE CWGC record ...
B A LASHMAR CWGC record ... Biographical information
C P LEE CWGC record ...
F LEE CWGC record ...
G H LEE CWGC record ... not found
F J LEFTWICH CWGC record ...
H E LONG CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery (Cowes)
A H MALTBY CWGC record ...
H J MARTIN CWGC record ...
B G McGAHEY CWGC record ...
J MEEK CWGC record ...
F C MILES CWGC record ...
A W MOORE CWGC record ... The IW County Press reports of his death give his name as Willett Moores
More details of the incident : loss of HMY Aries
W MOORE CWGC record ...
H MOTH CWGC record ... Drowned in the loss of HMY Aries
W H MOTH CWGC record ...
J MULCOCK CWGC record ...
J H V MUMFORD CWGC record ...
H A NOBBS Possible CWGC record ...
G R NOYCE No CWGC record George Ruffin Noyce, Asst-Eng. R.N.R. lost at sea in 1916
Biographical information
S OSBORNE CWGC record ... Buried at Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery
V OSBORNE CWGC record ...
P C PEACH CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery (Cowes)
J PATTERSON CWGC record ...
C PHILLIPS Possible CWGC record ...
W POTTER CWGC record ...
G T POWELL CWGC record ...
C R RANKIN CWGC record ...
C RATSEY CWGC record ... )
D W RATSEY CWGC record ... ) Ratsey Brothers memorial at St Mary's Church
) Biographical information
S G RATSEY CWGC record ... )
H READ CWGC record ... Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
H V REYNOLDS CWGC record ...
F A RICHARDSON CWGC record ...
A F Richardson
Richardson Brothers memorial at St Mary's Church
A V RIDGLEY CWGC record ...
P ROBERTS CWGC record ... not found
A A RUSSELL CWGC record ...
W E RYALL No CWGC record
A W G SALISBURY CWGC record ...
F SIVIER CWGC record ...
W SIVIER Probable CWGC record ...
A F SLADE CWGC record ...
R A SMITH CWGC record ...
D SPARKS CWGC record ...
J H SPRAGG CWGC record ...
J W E STALLARD CWGC record ...
H STEAGER CWGC record ...
J A STEPHEN CWGC record ... Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
A STEPHENS Possible CWGC record ...
J C STEVENSON CWGC record ...
A S H STEVENSON CWGC record ... not found An In Memoriam notice in the Isle of Wight County Press of 10 Nov 1917 shows Angus Sinclair, son of A and E Stevenson, drowned at sea 7 Nov 1916. He was the brother of J C Stevenson (see above)
G W STONE CWGC record ...
D STREET CWGC record ...
P J TAYLOR Possible CWGC record ...
W F TAYLOR CWGC record ...
R W THOMPSON CWGC record ...
O TREVETT CWGC record ...
G H TYLER CWGC record ...
D H WADHAM CWGC record ...
W WAITE CWGC record ...
A WALLACE CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery (Cowes)
L C WARDER CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family headstone at Yarmouth St James' Cemetery
G H WARNE CWGC record ...
V G WATTS CWGC record ...
G A WAY CWGC record ...
H WEBSTER CWGC record ... Father of PO Charles Henry Webster, R.N., killed in action H.M.S. Daring 18 Feb 1940
O WESTBROOK CWGC record ... Westbrook memorial at St Mary's Church
T WESTLAKE CWGC record ... Buried at Brixham St Mary's Churchyard, Devon
A WESTHORPE CWGC record ...
C F WHITTICOM CWGC record ...
B WILSON CWGC record ...
C E WILKINS CWGC record ... Additional inscription on family grave at Whippingham Churchyard
G T WINSER CWGC record ...
W R WOODLAND CWGC record ...
Notes on those names added to the WW I roll (in Italics):
Wallace George Caws CWGC record ... The Isle of Wight County Press Death notice of 10 Nov 1917 states : "Wallace George (Wally) Caws, aged 31, who was killed at sea while doing his duty on October 9th, 1917 (son of Mr W G Caws, HM Customs, West Hartlepool), late of Cowes, who will ever be loved and remembered by his cousin (Hartley)." Served in the Mercantile Marine as Third Engineer, SS Peshawur. W G Caws snr was born in St Helens, Isle of Wight; W G Caws jnr was born in Jersey. The family were in Cowes in 1890 when a daughter, Dorothy, was born. Dorothy Caws was killed on 16 Dec 1914 in the shelling of Hartlepool by enemy action.
Frederick Charles Cooper CWGC record ... CWGC record gives : Brother of W. M. Cooper, of 3, Queen's Rd., Twickenham, Middx. Native of Cowes, Isle of Wight. SDGW gives : Born in Bury St Edmunds, enlisted in Wandsworth, London.
Samuel Davenport CWGC record ... Husband of Ellen L. Davenport, of 3, Shaldon Villas, Fellows Rd., Cowes, Isle of Wight. IWCP Death notice gives residence as Newport. Originally from Collycroft, Warwickshire, enlisted at Nuneaton, and presumed based on the Isle of Wight with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Ernest Frederick Draper CWGC record ... Formerly of Cowes, resident of Southampton, was drowned in the loss of HMY Aries
William Cecil Ferris CWGC record ... CWGC record gives : Son of Marshall Cleaton Ferris and Susan Ferris, of 15, Park Rd., Cowes, Isle of Wight. SDGW gives : Born in Exeter.
M A Field CWGC record ... His widow B R Barham (formerly Field) is shown as living in Cowes
Arthur Hill CWGC record ... Son of John and Ann Hill; husband of Maude P. Hill, of "Eskbank," Belle Vue Rd., Cowes, Isle of Wight. Born at Brixton, London. His name appears on the 1/5th Hants Howitzers memorials at Freshwater and Newport
Philip Ernest Holden CWGC record ... Son of Mrs. Solly Holden, of Retreat Villa, Margate, England; husband of Lily Madeline Holden, of 102, rue Balard, Paris, France. IWCP Death notice (21 April 1917) gives Mrs Holden's place of residence as Cowes, and her maiden name as Horwill. It also states that he served with the French Foreign Legion. Originally from Margate in Kent, enlisted at Le Havre, France, and presumed based on the Isle of Wight with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Sidney Frederick Osborne CWGC record ... Son of Frank and Caroline Sophia Osborne. Born in Cowes 1884.
William Ernest Ryall No CWGC record Served with the Grenadier Guards, and was invalided out following gas wounding. Died in 1923 as a result of this, and was buried in Northwood Cemetery on 20 March 1923.
Reginald Arthur Smith CWGC record ... CWGC record gives : Son of Fred and Minnie Smith, of 10, Lower Pelham Rd., Cowes, Isle of Wight. SDGW gives : Born in Wivenhoe, Norfolk.
Horace Steager CWGC record ... His name appears on the County War memorial. The IW County Press Casualty list of 18 Sep 1915 gives him as Sapper Horace Steager, RE (Cowes) but Soldiers Died in the Great War gives his Residence as Wellington, Somerset
James Anderson Stephen CWGC record ... CWGC gives : Husband of D. M. Stephen, of "St. Elmo," Beckford Rd., Cowes, Isle of Wight.
George William Stone CWGC record ... IW County Press Death notice of 12 May 1917 gives Pte G W Stone, 3rd South African Infantry, of Park Road, Cowes and of Kenilworth, South Africa, died 23 April [1917] aged 40. CWGC record gives him as the husband of Emily Anne Moir (formerly Stone, nee Bennett), of Yule Lodge, Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg.
William Frederick Taylor CWGC record ... CWGC record gives : Son of William and Marian Taylor, of "Harrow," Stephenson Rd., Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Buried at : Perth (China Wall) Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.
George Thomas Winser CWGC record ... IW County Press Funeral notice of 28 Nov 1914 gives Driver Winser of the 9th RFA. See Biographical details
Others not listed, with some connection to Cowes :
W H Bailey CWGC record ...
Harold Bailey
Listed in the IW County Press report of the original Memorial dedication, but it is not clear whether his name appeared on the Memorial panels. Born in Shawford, Hampshire, he enlisted in Cowes. He died on 31 July 1917.
Alfred Henry Beere CWGC record ... Died 31 May 1916. Son of the late George and Anne Beere. Born at Cowes, Isle of Wight.
William George Burge CWGC record ... Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London
Son of the late Stephen and Jessie Burge; husband of Mary Ann Burge (née Edwards), of 36, Wingate Rd., Aigburth, Liverpool. Born at Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Raymond Charvet Captain, French Army. Married Olive Mary Atkey, on 16 August 1899, at Holy Trinity Church, Cowes. Two sons born in Cowes. Killed in action in 1914.
Harry Bernard John Floyd CWGC record ... Rifleman, 1/8th Hampshire Regiment, born in Cowes in 1895 to Harry and Annie Floyd. Died 19th April 1917, Palestine.
Joseph Alfred House CWGC record ... Engineer Lieutenant, R.N. Died 3 Sep 1919 in the Gulf of Finland when H.M.S. Verulam struck a mine.
Son of Mr J House of Cowes. Mentioned in the report of the HMS Bulwark loss as a brother-in-law of one of those killed in that disaster.
World War II (74 names)
G J ADAMS CWGC record ... Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London
R W ANDREWS CWGC record ...
W J ARNELL CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
J H J BAILEY CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
I BROWNE CWGC record ...
T J CHIVERS CWGC record ...
L O CLARK CWGC record ...
C J R COOK CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
F G COOPER CWGC record ...
L CORKE CWGC record ...
G A COXHEAD CWGC record ...
L H CROAD CWGC record ...
H F DAWKINS CWGC record ...
S R DAWSON CWGC record ... H.M.S. Royal Oak sinking
F A DAY CWGC record ...
G C DENHAM CWGC record ...
P DI MARCO CWGC record ... See also :40 RM Commando Memorial, Shanklin Chine
H H DIMMICK CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
J A G DIXON CWGC record ... Biographical information
See also : East Cowes War Memorial
G R J DOWNER CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
H S FIANDER CWGC record ...
G C GALLOP CWGC record ...
R J GERRETT CWGC record ... Memorial panel at Holy Trinity Church, Cowes
J L GREENING CWGC record ... Biographical information
W E J HAMMERSLEY No CWGC record Died 11 Jan 1940 while in service with Trinity House.
See Loss of launch to THV Vestal
J W HARLEY CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
A W HITCHES CWGC record ...
G C E HODGES CWGC record ...
W HULL CWGC record ...
E H HUMBER CWGC record ... See also : Brading War Memorial
I M INGRAM (MISS) CWGC record ...
E P IVORY CWGC record ... See also : St Thomas RC Church War Memorial
T D JACOBS CWGC record ...
W E JONES CWGC record ... See also : East Cowes War Memorial
G T KETTLE CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
R W G LOCK CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
W J LONG No CWGC record Trinity House service, died 26 March 1940 in the loss of the launch to THV Satellite, off Cowes harbour.
W LYNCH CWGC record ...
H P McBRIDE CWGC record ...
J S McBRIDE CWGC record ... Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London
D C McFARLANE CWGC record ...
P J E MADDOX CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
C K MORGAN CWGC record ... Biographical information
M S G MUMFORD CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
M A MYRAM CWGC record ... See also : Inscription on family headstone East Cowes Cemetery
W R PADDOCK CWGC record ... Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London
B J PATTERSON CWGC record ...
M S PHILLIPS CWGC record ...
R H PIDGEON CWGC record ...
F R PINDER CWGC record ...
C E RASHLEY CWGC record ... Biographical information
H H RICHARDSON CWGC record ...
D B E RUSSELL CWGC record ...
J A RYAN CWGC record ... See also : Inscription on family grave at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
A G SALTER CWGC record ... Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London
A C SAMUEL CWGC record ...
See also : St Thomas RC Church War Memorial
N A SAUNDERS CWGC record ...
W A SCOTT CWGC record ...
W E SIBBICK CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
H K B STEWART CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
See also : Newport County Secondary School War Memorial
A H TAYLOR CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
See also : Newport County Secondary School War Memorial
Additional inscription on his parents' headstone in Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
L M R THYER CWGC record ...
I B B TOWER CWGC record ...
J C R TOWER CWGC record ...
B S H WADHAM CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
A G WALLACE CWGC record ...
E L WARD CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
C H WEBSTER CWGC record ... Son of Pte Harry Webster, R.M.L.I, killed in action H.M.S. Bulwark 26 Nov 1914.
Biographical information
J E H WELLS CWGC record ...
See also : St Thomas RC Church War Memorial
J F WHAPSHOTT CWGC record ... not found Understood to be James Frederick Wapshott, of the ARP service, died 1941 and buried in Northwood Cemetery
H P WILLIAMS CWGC record ...
R J WYATT CWGC record ... Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London
Wyatt brothers Memorial at St Mary's Church, Cowes
R W WYATT No CWGC record Died 11 Jan 1940 while in service with Trinity House.
See Loss of launch to THV Vestal
Wyatt brothers Memorial at St Mary's Church, Cowes
Others not listed, with some connection to Cowes :
R C Bax CWGC record ... Buried at Northwood Cemetery, Cowes
J Briggs No CWGC record Died 11 Jan 1940 while in service with Trinity House.
See Loss of launch to THV Vestal
See also : St Thomas RC Church War Memorial
Dorothy Caws No CWGC record Daughter of Wallace George Caws and Lucy Ann Caws, (née Cooper), Died, aged 25, in the shelling of Hartlepool by German cruisers on 16 Dc 1914. (Isle of Wight County Press, 19 Dec 1914)
L E Cotter CWGC record ...
Auckland Museum Cenotaph record ...
Sergeant, New Zealand Artillery. Born Cowes 1906. Son of Leonard Edmund Cotter (who died in WW I and is also named on the Memorial) and Margaret Eleanor Cotter, of Cowes.
J S Farr CWGC record ... Buried in Ranville Cemetery , Normandy
D Lyon CWGC record ... Gunner, Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force, Husband of A J Lyon of Cowes.
Mabel Mary Moth CWGC record ... Civilian, of 17 Wickham Street, Portsmouth. Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Collins, of Cowes, Isle of Wight; widow of C. A. Moth. Died at the Bedford in Chase, The Hard.
E O'Sullivan Possible CWGC record ...
See also : St Thomas RC Church War Memorial
G R Olsen CWGC record ... Buried in Overloon War Cemetery
(photo of headstone on Flickr)
W J Parsons CWGC record ... Son of Alfred S. and Rabina Parsons; husband of E. M. Parsons, of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
W Sheehan Possible CWGC record ...
See also : St Thomas RC Church War Memorial
John Basil Shipman CWGC record ... Son of Cecil Edwin and Lily Shipman; husband of Eileen Beryl Shipman, of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Biographical Information
H J L Stevens CWGC record ... Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London
W C Thomas CWGC record ... Son of Mrs M.F. Pugsley (formerly Thomas) of Cowes, Isle of Wight, and the late Mr. E. Thomas, of Sarn, Glamorgan.
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