(26) Roll of Honour of Civilian War Dead Memorial, Marina Court Garden

Roll of Honour Civilian War Dead Memorial, Marina Court Garden. Photo by Paul Wright, October 2015.

Roll of Honour of Civilian War Dead Memorial, Marina Court Garden. Photo by Paul Wright, October 2015.

The origin of this plaque lies in a scroll presented to the Borough of Bexhill by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which listed those 21 civilians who had lost their lived within the boundaries of Bexhill through enemy action during the Second War World. The scroll was framed and for many years hung on a wall near to the entrance of the council chamber in the Town Hall. But, over the years, many visiting members of the public who, during the chairman’s Friday afternoon guided tours of the Town Hall, had felt that it was not as accessible as it should be to a wider public. As a consequence the Chairman of Rother District Council, Councillor Christine Bayliss, proposed the creation of a publicly accessible monument. Following public consultation, during which a further three names were added, a simple granite memorial was erected within an area of lawn beside the east wall of the De La Warr Pavilion. It was unveiled by H.M. Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex on 6th May 1995, which was the 50th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War in Europe. During 2015 the area surrounding Marina Court Garden was refurbished and it was felt that moving the Roll of Honour of the Civilian War Dead Memorial to within the garden would allow better access by the public and a more fitting location for the memorial. Further public consultation as well as a consideration of the criteria for placing a name on the plaque lead to a further 12 names being added to the memorial. The simple metal plaque bearing 36 victims of war, aged three to 84 years, placed on a plain stone base was installed on 14th October 2015 amongst the flowers of Marina Court Garden. The memorial was dedicated during a ceremony on 30th November 2015. The 1995 granite memorial (see photograph at end of blog) is now in the safe keeping of Bexhill Museum.

Roll of Honour of Civilian War Dead Memorial, Marina Court Garden. Photo by Paul Wright, October 2015.

Roll of Honour of Civilian War Dead Memorial, Marina Court Garden. Photo by Paul Wright, October 2015.

Roll of Honour Civilian War Dead Memorial, Marina. Photo by Paul Wright, October 2007.

Roll of Honour Civilian War Dead Memorial, Marina. Photo by Paul Wright, October 2007. (Memorial now housed in Bexhill Museum)

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