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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:35 pm    Post subject: The Showmen's Guild of Great Britain Reply with quote

The Showmen's Guild of Great Britain is the trade association for the travelling funfair industry.

This memorial was unveiled on 18th August 2008.

Here's some excerpts from an article about the unveiling.

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The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain, the representative body of travelling funfair workers that was established in 1889, unveiled and dedicated a unique memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum today (Monday 18 August).

A seven foot high carousel horse and engraved plinth will serve as a lasting monument to the military service of the Guild’s members, in particular those that gave their lives. It was funded by contributions from every member.

Jimmy Williams, president of the Showman’s Guild, said: “We are very proud of our old soldiers and take every opportunity to remember the sacrifices they made. We have a column of veterans marching at the Cenotaph every November and now this memorial is set to be a very tangible expression of the high regard in which we hold them.

“The carousel horse is very striking in the context of the National Memorial Arboretum. We feel it’s important for visitors to appreciate that members of this ancient Guild gave their lives, alongside many others, to ensure the freedom we all enjoy today.”

The service of dedication was conducted by the Guild’s padre, Rev Stanley Townsend and guests included

Councillor Terry Dix, Chairman of Staffordshire County Council

Councillor Marion Haywood, Chairman of Warwickshire County Council

Councillor John Wilks, Chairman of Lichfield District Council

Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council








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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Closeups of the names on the Scottish section.



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