Memorials and bikes

BrumJim

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Caister, North Lincolnshire. Round the back is a plaque celebrating 60 years of HM QEII.

We've just finished an ice cream, and about to head back home.
 
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This is in the front entrance of a very large psychiatric institute near where I live, and it is one of the Icons of the National Socialist era in this region.

The "grey buses" were used to take people from institutions for mentally and psychologically disabled people in this region as part of the "Euthanasia programme" in 1940-41.

Where the buses took people away they did so with the assistance of the institutions management. We know this because some refused to cooperate, and when they did the officials backed down and left.

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The alternative title of the memorial is the question many patients asked when they were herded onto the buses: "Where are you taking us?"

The memorial is relatively new, and as far as I two buses have been made: this bus "tours" various places where people were taken away. The other has been placed to permanently block one of the entrances to a building where the deaths were planned. Germany is determined that his time won't be forgotten or repeated again.
 
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Jenkins

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Location
Felixstowe
Laxfield War memorial - the side pictured lists the names from 1917, 1918 & the 2nd war, while the other side shows the names from 1914, 1915 & 1916
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Location
London
Birth of the jet age, Clitheroe, Lancashire.
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Site of an old mill building, now demolished and replaced by housing.

The mill was there when I was a kid, complete with mill pool, but I didn't know its history.

My dad remembers the noise from the jet engines on the test rigs - apparently all the ornaments on his mums/my gran's mantepiece used to go somewhat bonkers.

All top secret of course, but he reckons the locals had a pretty good idea about what was going on.

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IaninSheffield

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Sheffield, UK
What strikes me here is how many have the same name.
Indeed. Presumably at the time it was less common for family members to stray far from the nest, so brothers would be more likely to join up together?
Also, it is common for the World War Two memorials to be larger, and many have "Missing" instead of a date.
I hadn't noticed that ... but will watch out for it from now on.
Oo, are you talking about UK memorials or in Germany?
 
Indeed. Presumably at the time it was less common for family members to stray far from the nest, so brothers would be more likely to join up together?

I hadn't noticed that ... but will watch out for it from now on.
Oo, are you talking about UK memorials or in Germany?
Sorry, yes, German ones. The UK seems to have smaller memorials for WW2 so I tend to notice it. The large numbers of people sharing a name is partly because many villages were dominated by a few family names, this still happens even now in many villages here. A the same time it can reflect deaths in the last months of the war due to occupying troops.

The German WW2 memorials are also often a very different design to those built for WW1.
 
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