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First World War Manx Roll of Honour, Royal Chapel of St John the Baptist, St John's

Period: December 1929

NGR Easting: 227896

NGR Northing: 481865

Description: Inscription on the first 3 pages of the Roll of Honour reads as follows: "Manx Roll of Honour / 1914-1918 / In profound admiration of / the services of my fellow countrymen / in the Great War / to whose honour, glory / and noble self-sacrifice / the Manx national memorial / erected outside this church, / testifies / I, John Leigh Goldie-Taubman / of the Nunnery, / present / this volume and bookstand / to their undying memory / MCMXXIV / 'Their name liveth for evermore' / War Declared 4th August 1914 / Armistice Signed 11th November 1918 / Peace Signed 28th June 1919. / Total number of Manxmen / who sacrificed their lives, / 1261 / in Flanders fields."

The following poem is also printed, reproduced by permission of the proprietors of "Punch":

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow, / Between the crosses, row on row, / That mark our place; and in the sky / The larks , still bravely singing, fly / Scarce heard amid the guns below. / We are the Dead. Short days ago / We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, / Loved and were loved, and now we lie / in Flanders fields. / Take up our quarrel with the foe: / To you from failing hands we throw / The torch; be yours to hold it high. / If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders fields."

The remaining pages of the Roll of Honour list the military personnel from all over the Island, by order of parish.

First World War.
1,261 names.

The roll of honour is a leather bound book of remembrance and was commissioned as a 'gift to the nation' by Mr John Leigh Goldie Taubman of the Nunnery. It was dedicated in the Royal Chapel of St John the Baptist in December 1929. It is displayed in a bronze case with a glass top and sides. The book was bound by Best & Co. Bookbinders Ltd of London.

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: book

Category: Isle of Man National Inventory of War Memorials

Site ID number: IOM_NIWM_GER_00004

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