The project was developed by Cllrs Whiteman, Martin and Hobart following the successful dedication of the silhouettes on the Medina Riverbank.
The short ceremony on Wednesday was well attended and included a blessing by the Vicar of Carisbrooke Marcus Bagg, with flowers laid by the Vice Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Lora Peacey-Wilcox and the Vice Chairman of the Parish Council, Jane Perry. A bugler from Medina Marching Band sounded the last post with 2 standard bearers from the Carisbrooke branch of the British Legion in attendance. Cllr Ian Ward as County President of the British Legion gave the exhortation.
Guests included Deputy Lord Lieutenant John Matthews and David Langford, representatives from the main contractor Emerald Construction, as well as members of the Parish Council.
A number of personal reflections from relatives of those who served in the Great War were shared and Cllr Peter Whiteman gave a background to the project.
“After the success of providing the silhouettes down on the Medina Riverbank to commemorate the young men of Newport, who lost their lives in Gallipoli in 1915, it was felt by myself, Cllr Terry Martin, Cllr John Hobart and our Technical Officer Chris Hougham, that we should provide a long lasting permanent memorial on Simeon Green, to encompass all the services of Newport who gave their lives during the 1914/1918 Great War.
“It is hoped this may inspire the younger ones to ask questions and hopefully to visit the local library, or more likely the internet, to see what their own family connection was to the Great War.
“My thanks go to those that helped us with this modest commemoration, specifically Island Paving, who provided the slabs free of charge; the main contractors Emerald; Nigel George who did the inscription; and HMP Isle of Wight for the bench seat”.