Russia Memorial (taken down 2015)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Commemorates the names of 620 British, 26 Canadians and an Australian who died in military service in Russia or the Soviet Union during both World Wars.
Those named may have no known grave. Or they may lie in a grave which because of the Cold War & travel restrictions at that time was difficult to visit and maintain. In these unusual circumstances the CWGC accepted dual commemoration. Grave markers therefore exist in cemeteries to which access was once rarely granted and a duplicate inscription is shown on this Memorial.
Sergeant Samuel George Pearse VC MM is, for example recorded on the Russia memorial while buried in a marked grave at Souset Cemetery, Archangel, North Russia. On 29 August 1919 in North Russia this Sergeant of the Australian Imperial Force (born in Wales) cut through enemy barbed wire under very heavy machine-gun and rifle fire clearing a way for troops to enter an enemy battery position. He charged a blockhouse harassing the advance and causing casualties and killed the occupants with bombs. He was killed in the action, but ensured the position was carried with few casualties. He was awarded the VC.
This Memorial was completed in 1984. At right it is shown with the Brookwood Memorial in the background. The image at left shows its cross like design with slender walls each carrying inscribed panels.
Central plaque shown here.~~Example of One of the Nine Slates In Each Panel.
The Memorial was taken down in 2015 in keeping with CWGC policy:
"As Graves and Memorials Located in Russia And The Baltic States Are Now Accessible The Memorial Has Now Been Removed".
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