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War Memorial Lyndhurst

This memorial commemorates the residents of Lyndhurst who were killed or missing in World War I (69 names) and World War II (21 names). There is also 1 name from the Falklands War.

According to period documentation held by the Christopher Tower reference library in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, the location for this memorial was chosen specifically as a nod to the "Lyndhurst Camp" of the WWI "Immortal 7th Division" who were stationed there before moving on to Ypres; the memorial being not only on part of that campsite, but also within sight of the then "Grand Hotel" (later "Lyndhurst Park Hotel" and now "Glasshayes House") where officers were stationed.

The "Grand Hotel" where Major General T. Capper CB, DSO had his headquarters and where officers of the 7th Division were stationed is the large white building that is visible through the trees in some of the photographs.

A little more information about the memorial (Roy Jackman):

The memorial was unveiled and dedicated on 10th April 1921, made primarily from Cornish granite and based on a design concept by Alice Liddel, who was in turn the inspiration for Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland. She lived (as Mrs Hargreaves) at nearby Cuffnells Mansion and lost two sons in the war, both of whom are commemorated on the memorial. Both she and her husband were guests of honour at the unveiling and they paid the majority of the costs associated with commissioning and constructing the memorial.

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  • Text: Fedor de Vries, Brice Stratford & Roy Jackman
  • Photos: Brice Stratford

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