Friday, 11 November 2011
North Eastern Railway Memorial
Today is the 11th November, which means Remembrance Day. It marks the 11th November 1918, when the fighting on the western front, and the Great War as a whole, came to a stop at 11am, and a two minute silence is held every year to remember those who died, not just in the Great War but British servicemen and women that died in the line of duty subsequently. The war didn't officially finish until 1919, but 11th November 1918 is regarded as armistice day and is when the war itself stopped.
Built in 1923 by Sir Edward Lutyens who built the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, this memorial was commissioned by the North Eastern Railway to commemorate the 2,236 men from the North Eastern Railway that lost their lives during the Great War
'IN ABIDING REMEMBRANCE OF THE 2236 MEN OF THE NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THIS COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR THE COMPANY PLACES THIS MONUMENT'
As the names are faded on the original memorial, new plaques to record all 2,236 names more clearly have been put up on the side of the memorial
Posted by Richard Hannay at 11:00