Saturday, 9 March 2019

205 (3DVA) Battery Royal Artillery

205 (3DVA) Battery
South Shields
Opportunity to return to the old Battery and meet up with a few familiar faces.



Saturday, 23 February 2019

London - Royal Artillery Memorial

Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
The Royal Artillery Memorial commemorating those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars stands on Hyde Park Corner in London.

Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
The memorial was unveiled in October 1925 by H. R. H, the Duke of Connaught. It was dedicated to the 49,076  Gunners who lost their lives during the First World War.


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Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
The memorial was designed by  Charles Sargeant Jagger MC. It features bronze figures and sculptured reliefs depicting the Gunners activities in WW1. It is surmounted by a sculptured 9.2 inch Howitzer.

Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
9.2 inch Howitzer
Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
Royal Artillery Officer
Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
 
Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
Theatres of War
Royal Artillery Memorial
London Hyde Park
Theatres of War
 In 1949 three bronze panels were added to commemorate the  29,924 Gunners killed during the Second World War. They were unveiled by Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen. 


 
 
Wellington Arch
London Hyde Park Corner 
RA Memorial seen through the Arch

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Tynemouth - Collingoood Monument.

At the mouth of the River Tyne, at Tynemouth, stands the Collingwood Monument. It is dedicated to Admiral Lord Collingwood who served the Royal Navy for 49 years, and played a prominent role in the Battle of Trafalgar.   
Collingwood Monument
Tynemouth


Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood

Cuthbert Collingwood was born in Newcastle on the 26th September 1748. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School Newcastle, before going to sea at the age of twelve. He first saw active service in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), fighting at the Battle of Bunker Hill (17-June-1715). Collingwood was commissioned as a Lieutenant on the same day.

He first met Nelson when they served together on HMS Lowestoff. He would later succeed Nelson as commander of HMS Badger. Collingwood's first major command was HMS Sampson. He would go on to command HMS Mediator serving in the West Indies Squadron alongside Nelson.

In June 1791 Collingwood married Sarah Blackett, daughter of the Newcastle merchant and politician John Erasmus Blackett. Blackett Street in Central Newcastle is named after him. When not at sea Collingwood resided in Morpeth or at the family home in Chirton, North Shields.

Following the French Revolution a series of conflicts ensued between the French First Republic and Great Britain. Collingwood would fight a number of  engagements against the French Navy. The conflict would last from April 1792 till March 1802, ending with the signing of the Peace of Amiens, only for hostilities to resume in again in 1803.

Collingwood was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1804.  
Whilst France dominated Continental Europe, the British Royal Navy controlled the seas and established a blockade on France. The blockade made it difficult for the Franco-Spanish Fleet to be effectively supplied reducing it's effectiveness. In September 1805 the Franco-Spanish Fleet was in Cadiz, and Nelson was making plans to attack the fleet should it leave port.
On 21st October 1805, under the command of the French Admiral Villenueve, the fleet made a break from Cadiz towards the Straits of Gibraltar, and Nelson gave pursuit. By 11:45 Nelson was ready to do battle and hoisted his famous signal, England expects every man will do his duty.

Vice Admiral Nelson

Nelsons Signal
England expects that every man will do his duty
By Ipankonin - Vectorized from raster image, CC BY-SA 3.0

Nelson' plan was to attack the enemy fleet in two lines, the first lead by himself in HMS Victory, the other by Vice Admiral Collingwood in HMS Royal Sovereign.  

Battle of Trafalgar
Battle Plan
As the two lines approached the French Spanish Fleet, the Royal Sovereign sped ahead penetrating the enemy's centre and closed on the Santa Ana, damaging it severely , before any other British Ship had opened fire.  

Battle of Trafalgar
Royal Sovereign engages the Santa Ana

Battle of Trafalgar
Clash of the Fleets
 More and more British Ships joined the Battle, a melee developed during which Nelson was killed.
Battle of Trafalgar
Death of Nelson
 Admiral Collingwood took command and by the end of the day the Royal Navy were victorious destroying 22 ships for the loss on none. 

After Trafalgar, Collingwood was given a peerage becoming Baron Collingwood, of Caldburne and Hethpool in the County of Northumberland, and given an annual pension of £2,000. He was appointed Commander in Chief Mediterranean Fleet. In 1809 Collingwood's health started to fail. He set sail for England in March 1810, dying en-route on the 7th March.

Collingwood Memorial
Tynemouth
The Collingwood Monument was erected in 1845, its costs being met by public subscription. The monument was designed by John Dobson.

The statue of Collingwood is 7 metres high, mounted on a 15 meter high plinth, was sculptured by John Graham Lough.

Admiral Collingwood Statue
Collingwood Monument Tynemouth
 
Admiral Collingwood Statue
Collingwood Monument Tynemouth

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In 1849, four guns from Collingwood's flagship at Trafalgar, HMS Royal Sovereign, were added to the monument.


Collingwood Monument Tynemouth
Guns from Royal Sovereign overlooking the Tyne 

Collingwood Monument Tynemouth
Gun from Royal Sovereign

Collingwood Monument Tynemouth
Gun from Royal Sovereign
 
There is also a memorial to Admiral Collingwood in St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle.

Collingwood Memorial
St Nicholas Cathedral Newcastle
 
Collingwood Memorial
St Nicholas Cathedral Newcastle
 






Friday, 18 January 2019

Newcastle Silver Gallery

RAA Members with Lord & Lady Mayor of Newcastle

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Down, hosted members of the Royal    Artillery Association in the Sliver Gallery within Newcastle Civic Centre.

Veteran Gunners from the Northumbrian Volunteer Artillery Association, Tynemouth Volunteer Artillery, Tyneside Scottish and Newcastle Branches RAA were shown round the Silver Gallery by the Lord Mayor.

The Mayor  outlined  information on silver pieces and other gifts presented to the City of Newcastle by Armed Forces organisations.

 
Newcastle Civic Centre
Silver Gallery

One of the pieces on display was the presentation to the City from 101 Regiment Royal Artillery to mark the occasion of the Freedom of Newcastle in 1980. 

Brought back memories of nocturnal drives around Newcastle for the rehearsals, the actual parade and the luncheon afterwards.
 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


One of the pieces on display was the presentation to the City from 101 Regiment to mark the occasion of the Freedom of Newcastle to the Regiment in 1980.  The opportunity was taken to further the  Mayors knowledge by recounting the Freedom Parade and it’s      preparations. Memories of nocturnal drives around Newcastle for the rehearsals, the      parade and the freedom dinner will be familiar to many members.


 

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Stockholm - ABBA Museum

                     Bjorn                Anni                Agnetha         Benny
ABBA was formed in Stockholm 1972 by  Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

They came to prominence in 1974 when they won the Euro Vision Song Contest for Sweden with the song 'Waterloo'.


They would subsequently go on to sell 400 million records worldwide before they disbanded in 1982. 


ABBA

Abba Museum Stockholm

Abba Museum Stockholm
In the beginning - Agnetha

Abba Museum Stockholm
Eurovison 1974 costumes

Abba Museum Stockholm
Eurovision 1974 Bjorn Guitar

Abba Museum Stockholm
Eurovision 1974 Winners
 
Abba Museum Stockholm
Eurovision 1974 Winners Trophy
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Abba Museum Stockholm
ABBA

Abba Museum Stockholm
VM
 
 
 
 

Monday, 10 December 2018

Stockholm - Royal Palace

Stockholm Royal Palace
The Royal Palace is the residence of the Swedish Royal Family. There has been a royal residence on the northern part of the island of Gamlastan since the 13th Century. The original palace was constructed between 1607 and 1760, with several renovations over the centuries.




 
 


 
Stockholm Royal Palace
Entrance


Stockholm Royal Palace
Palace Guard
The Royal Palace houses the Swedish Crown Jewels

Stockholm Royal Palace
Crown Jewels
 
Stockholm Royal Palace
Swedish Coronet
Stockholm Royal Palace
Canon

Stockholm Royal Palace
VM / IJ mirror and ceiling

Stockholm Royal Palace
Chandelier corridor

Stockholm Royal Palace
Interior