75th Anniversary of end of WW2 - Layer de la Haye

Layer de la Haye War Memorial
75th Anniversary Tribute for end of World War 2
2nd September 2020

After the success of the Poppy display to commemorate the centennial for the end of WW1 in 2018, we felt it was appropriate to mark the 75th anniversary for the end of WW2 on 2nd September 2020. This time the display includes Doves and the word Peace.

There are approximately 600 plastic drink bottles fashioned into poppies. 34 of them are painted gold to denote the number of men from the village that gave their lives during the two wars; 27 in WW1 and 7 in WW2. These adorn a camouflage netting. There are 16 white doves created from plastic washing liquid bottles attached to black mesh draped over the top. The Peace sign and the two Tommy silhouettes are fashioned from wood.

We chose to mark the 2nd of September as it is the date that the Japanese officially signed the surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay bringing the formal closure to a conflict that spanned six years. This way, all those that gave their lives in the Far East and Europe, would be remembered.

This display was created by Valerie, Cecil and Anne Taylor, Iris Hobday and Ian Moore. Permission to decorate The Cross in both 2018 and 2020 was kindly provided by the Layer de la Haye Parish Council.

Author: Anne Taylor
2 September 2020

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 The War Memorial at Layer Cross, Layer de la Haye. It is a large gathering with a band in the background, and is thought to be for the dedication of the War Memorial in the 1920s.
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The bus in the background belongs to Clarkes and the board in front of it advertises Clarkes Bus Service.
 
To the right of the War Memorial, in the background, is the Post Office. Brian Chaplin writes about the shops: 
 The Old post office, run by a Mrs Watkins when I was kid [in the 1950s]. To the extreme right of that line of buildings (out of picture fronting the High road) was one the village shops owned and run by John Morses's (Forge Garage) mother. The other one was in the Malting Green road and was called Ridleys next to the butchers and slaughter house. Where the bus is parked was a small cobblers shop also when I was a kid where we were sent to get Blakies studs put in our shoes to make them last longer. That didn't work as we used to kick the road surface at night just to see who could make the biggest shower of sparks.
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The War Memorial at Layer Cross, Layer de la Haye. It is a large gathering with a band in the background, and is thought to be for the dedication of the War Memorial in the 1920s.

The bus in the background belongs to Clarkes and the board in front of it advertises "Clarkes Bus Service".
To the right of the War Memorial, in the background, is the Post Office. Brian Chaplin writes about the shops:
"The "Old" post office, run by a Mrs Watkins when I was kid [in the 1950s]. To the extreme right of that line of buildings (out of picture fronting the High road) was one the village shops owned and run by John Morses's (Forge Garage) mother. The other one was in the Malting Green road and was called Ridleys next to the butchers and slaughter house. Where the bus is parked was a small cobblers shop also when I was a kid where we were sent to get "Blakies" studs put in our shoes to make them last longer. That didn't work as we used to kick the road surface at night just to see who could make the biggest shower of sparks."


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 Layer de la Haye commemoration of the end of WW1. 
 Photograph from Mrs Chambers - her husband Adam is the soldier behind the cross.  CLN_007CLN_007
Layer de la Haye commemoration of the end of WW1.
Photograph from Mrs Chambers - her husband Adam is the soldier behind the cross.
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 Layer de la Haye War Memorial
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Layer de la Haye War Memorial
75th Anniversary Tribute for the end of WW2
2 September 2020
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