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Memorial to 'Warrior Birds'

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Brighton Road
Town:Worthing
Parish:Worthing
Council:Adur District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:BN11
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Garden
and in:Public Park
Access is:Public
Location note:In Beach House Park on a mound near to the entrance.
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:171
Grid reference:J2
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : Leslie Sharp
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Nancy Price and members of The People's Theatre, London.
Construction period:1949
Unveiling date:27/07/1951
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Worthing Borough Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:Two inscribed stones on top of a large, heavily planted mound (now metal fenced) near to the park entrance.The memorial was originally designed as a rockery with water bubbling out between rocks into a drinking pool. There were also two carved pigeons on top of the stone blocks but these were stolen.
Inscription:Carved, black painted inscription to left hand stone:

IN MEMORY OF
WARRIOR BIRDS
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES ON ACTIVE SERVICE 1939 – 45
AND FOR THE USE AND PLEASURE OF LIVING BIRDS

Carved, black painted inscription to right hand stone:

FOR A BIRD OF THE AIR SHALL CARRY THE VOICE
AND THAT WHICH HATH WINGS SHALL TELL THE MATTER.
Ecc.X.20.

THIS MEMORIAL IS PRESENTED BY NANCY PRICE
AND MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLE’S THEATRE, LONDON.

Green metal plaque at the gate to the memorial:

ON TOP OF THIS MOUND
IS A MEMORIAL TO
WARRIOR BIRDS WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES ON
ACTIVE SERVICE 1939-45
IT IS ALSO FOR THE
PLEASURE & USE OF
LIVING BIRDS

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Classification

Categories:Free Standing, Composite, Commemorative, Animal, Military
Object type1:Landscape
Object type2:War memorial
     Object subtype1:World War II
Object type3:Marker
     Object subtype1:Inscribed stone
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Left hand stone
     Material:Forest of Dean stone
     Height (cm):48
     Width (cm):124
     Depth (cm):70
Part 2:Right hand stone
     Material:Forest of Dean stone
     Height (cm):52
     Width (cm):170
     Depth (cm):94

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Object Condition

Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, deterioration
     Condition 2: Biological growth
     More details:In 1999 the memorial was cleaned and the lettering was re-cut and painted black.
Date of on-site inspection:19/06/2008

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History

History:The memorial was the brainchild of the actress, writer and conservationist, Nancy Price (Lilian Nancy Bache Price 3 February 1880 – 31 March 1970). She attended the ceremony herself with Boney Whiteoaks (her green parrot), perched on her shoulder.
(http://www.findonvillage.com/0361_margot_and_nancy.htm)

'The National Pigeon service was organised during the 1939-45 conflict. All Forces and Services made use of the birds for conveying messages and making contact with allied agents all over Europe. The birds often flew in extremely harsh conditions at speeds of over 60mph. Most RAF bombers carried two pigeons and in an emergency the birds would fly home and teams of rescuers would be alerted. Secret armies of pigeons were regularly dropped behind enemy lines and used to relay messages from resistance members to ''Wing House'' in London…Hundreds of stories of bravery surround the 'Warrior Birds'. One such story is of Mary of Exeter. Mary made many a flight across the dangerous skies of Europe during the 1939-45 war period. She returned from one mission with a damaged wing and 3 shotgun pellets in her chest. Another mission saw her return with horrific injuries to her chest and neck. During her service flying for her country Mary survived bomb blasts and many other injuries. She flew from 1940 to the end of the conflict and ended with 22 stitches scarring her tiny body…The memorial was funded by Nancy Price and members of the People's Theatre, London. It was constructed in 1949 in recognition of the bravery of the ''Warrior Birds'' and unveiled by the Duke and Duchess of Hamilton in 1951'
(Information board at the memorial).

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
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