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German Parish War Memorial, grounds of St German's Cathedral

Period: 1922-04-20

NGR Easting: 224608

NGR Northing: 484036

Description: Inscription reads as follows: "To / the eternal / and / grateful memory of / the men / of this parish / who / laid down their lives / for their country / and for the / whole civilised world / in the Great War / 1914-1918."

101 names listed alphabetically;
First World War.

Also "To / the eternal / and / grateful memory of / the men / of this parish / who / laid down their lives / for their country / and for the / whole civilised world / in the Second World War 1939-1945."

25 names listed alphabetically;
Second World War.

Runic style cross made of Woolton sandstone, with two inlaid slate plaques either side. This sits upon a 3 tier plinth, with 4 inlaid slate plaques on each side of the upper tier.

The memorial was unveiled on Thursday 20 April 1922 by the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man, Sir W. Fry. The memorial was dedicated by the Lord Bishop of Sodor and Mann. The officiating clergy were the Vicar (the Rev. W. Newton Hudson, M.A.), the Rev. S. Greenhalgh, chaplain of Cronk-y-Voddy, the Rev. C.A. Cannan, B.A., chaplain of St John's and the Rev. T.R. Kneale, M.A., Rural Dean of Peel.

The mound on which the monument was erected was guarded by coast guards, under Petty-Officer Miller. During the unveiling, the ex-servicemen were drawn up under Lieutenant Stanley Kelly and Petty-Officer Andrew Hannah. One of the Union Jacks which veiled the monument was sent by the children of Peel, New South Wales to the children of Peel, Isle of Man, in 1908. Two wreaths were placed on the monument, one on behalf of the parishioners (formally placed on the cross by Mrs Cleator, who lost a son in the war) and one from the Scouts and Guides (laid by a Cub and Brownie who had lost a father and brother respectively).

The sculptor of the memorial was Mr T.H. Royston of Douglas.

Information provided by the Isle of Man Government Preservation of War Memorials Committee.
Image courtesy of Chris Blyth, Isle of Man Photographic Society.

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Site & Monument Type: cross

Category: Isle of Man National Inventory of War Memorials

Site ID number: IOM_NIWM_PEEL_00001

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