Great War Memorial Unveiled at Simeon Green
On 14 September 2016 the Parish Council was delighted to conclude its latest Great War project and unveil a memorial at the Simeon Green (Little Gatcombe) to the servicemen and residents of Newport who fought, served and died during the First World War 1914-18.
In attendance was John Matthews, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Vice-Chair of Isle of Wight Council, Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox and, representing the Royal British Legion, County President Ian Ward who gave the exhortation. A short ceremony took place involving a blessing by the Reverend Marcus Bagg and a laying of flowers by Cllr Lora Peacey-Wilcox and Parish Council Vice-Chair Cllr Jane Perry. Standard bearers from the Royal British and a bugler performing the last post contributed to the ceremony.
The Parish Council would like to thank Emerald Construction for their work on the site, Eccleston George for the producing the memorial, Island Paving for their kind donation of the stone, in addition to everyone involved with the project and the members of the public and guests who attended.
The project was conceived by Cllrs Martin, Hobart and Whiteman. Giving his opening remarks and background to the project Cllr Whiteman said: 'after the success of providing the silhouettes down on the Medina Riverbank to commemorate the young men of Newport, who lost their lives in Gallipoli in 1915, it was felt by myself, Cllr.Terry Martin, Cllr John Hobart and our Technical Officer Chris Hougham, that we should provide a long lasting permanent memorial on Simeon Green, to encompass all the services of Newport who gave their lives during the 1914/1918 Great War. It is hoped this may inspire the younger ones to ask questions and hopefully to visit the local library, or more likely the internet, to see what their own family connection was to the Great War.'