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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Ypres Memorial Milestone

Summary

Type Marker , Shaft , War Memorial

     A white milestone with three metal plates on three sides, giving distances to London Bridge and Dartford, with the third plate added as a memorial to the men killed, missing and wounded at Ypres during the First World War.
     An eighteenth century milestone converted into a war memorial by the addition of an extra commemorative plate giving the casualty figures for the battles of Ypres during the First World War and the distance to the battlefield from that point.
     The battle took place from 31 October to 17 November 1914. Ypres is a small Belgian town, just over the border from France. It was the scene of several battles from 1914 onwards and saw some of the worst fighting of the war. It was described as being all the horrors of the Somme and the hell of Verdun. The battle resulted in 500,000 dead in an area of 25 square kilometers.

Inscriptions

On north-west face, cast raised letters picked out in black on white-painted cast iron plate: 130 MILES TO / YPRES. / IN DEFENDING / THE SALIENT / OUR CASUALTIES / WERE:- 90,000 KILLED, / 70,500 MISSING, / 410,000 WOUNDED. On south-east face, cast raised letters picked out in black on white-painted cast iron plate: 7 / MILES / TO / DARTFORD On NE face, cast raised letters picked out in black on white-painted cast iron plate: 8 / MILES / TO / LONDON / BRIDGE

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Stone White stone 86cm high x 37cm wide x 37cm deep
Plates Cast iron, painted white and black 37cm high x 30cm wide x 1.5cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
GR097 UEL
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Accretions
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road Shooters Hill
Precise location Behind hedge in front of Christ Church, Shooters Hill, on south side of road near Memorial Hospital
A-Z ref 79 9L
OS ref TQ431765
Date of design None
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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