Margate Civic Society
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There are 102 names inscribed on the Birchington War Memorial, which is situated in the Square.
69 servicemen who lost their lives in World War I;
33 servicemen who lost their lives during World War II;
Civilians from Birchington killed in WWII are commemorated on the Margate War Memorial.
The particulars of the names are included in four files, which are in Acrobat PDF format, and which may be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate link below.
WORLD WAR ONE
Birchington War Memorial WWI Roll of Honour
An alphabetical list of names of servicemen who lost their lives in World War I, whose names are inscribed on Birchington War Memorial.
Birchington War Memorial WWI List
A list of servicemen who lost their lives in WWI, whose names are inscribed on Birchington War Memorial, in chronological order within service.
WORLD WAR TWO
Birchington War Memorial WWII Roll of Honour
An alphabetical list of names of servicemen killed in World War II, whose names are inscribed on Birchington War Memorial.
Birchington War Memorial WWII List
A list of servicemen who lost their lives in WWII, whose names are inscribed on Birchington War Memorial, in chronological order within service.
Photographs of the inscriptions on the Memorial.
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The unveiling of the Birchington and Acol War Memorial by Lord Harris
on Sunday, 28th March 1920
WWI Cross (WMR 1547)
This memorial was unveiled by Lord Harris on Sunday, 28th March 1920. As a reflection of the class structure that existed at that time, all of the officers’ names are listed first in alphabetical order followed by the other ranks in alphabetical order. As a consequence of that separation, the three Erlebach brothers’ names are not shown together as two of the brothers (Arthur and Edward) lost their lives whilst serving as officers and the third (Henry) whilst serving in the ranks.
There are 69 WWI names inscribed on the base of the cross.
In 1924, the Birchington Memorial Ground, located between Park Road and Park Lane, was presented to Birchington by Mr Erlebach as a memorial to his three sons. The children’s playing field was purchased out of surplus monies from the Birchington & Acol War Relief Fund and the Birchington War Memorial Fund.
Under local government re-organisation in 1935, the rural civil parish of Birchington was incorporated in the Borough of Margate.
WWII Tablets (UKNIWM 28652)
These two tablets at the rear of Birchington War Memorial were unveiled by the Mayor of Margate (Councillor Mrs Beatrice Giles) on Sunday, 9th November 1952.
There are 33 names inscribed on these WWII tablets. The Birchington civilians whose names are included on the Margate War Memorial Second World War tablets are Mrs Edith Hoare, Mr Frederick King, Mrs Florence Lovett and Mrs Agnes Millen.
The WWI memorial - made of marble and surmounted by a cross - is in the churchyard of the parish church of All Saints, adjacent to The Square. The two WWII tablets are at the rear of the cross. (Ordnance Survey Ref: TR 302 691)
BIRCHINGTON AND ACOL WAR MEMORIAL