New War Memorial Could Be Installed By Summer

Smudge Smith

Smudge Smith

A new war memorial could be in place in The Park in Hugh Town before the summer if fundraising efforts are successful.

That’s the hope of Royal British Legion representative Smudge Smith, who’s been working hard for several years to create a second remembrance site in a more accessible place on St Mary’s.

The existing war memorial is in Old Town churchyard, and Smudge says that’s getting increasingly difficult for older residents to reach, to pay their respects.

In November, Smudge secured planning permission to erect a small granite plinth, bearing a bronze plaque with the names of the fallen on it.

St Mary’s builder Mark Wright will do the building work and Smudge says they now just need the funds to pay for it.

He’s set up a committee, consisting of himself, Julia Day, David Duncan, John Goody and Colin Mumford. They’re arranging a bank account for donations and they’ll also be placing collecting jars around town.

It’s not clear yet how much it will cost and if they raise more than is needed, Smudge says he’s hoping they can also replace the Royal British Legion men’s and ladies’ standards, which he says are old and in a sad state.

Smudge says he’s not getting any younger and he’d like to see the new memorial finished before he can’t get over the hill to Old Town himself.

He hopes they can raise the money and install it before Armed Forces Day in June, and the centenary of the start of the First World War in August.

A dedication service could also tie in with a possible return to the islands of the Royal Navy frigate, HMS Somerset.