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Remembrance Miniature Sheet - 90th Anniversary of the End of World War One 2 October 2008

More than 150 memorials to Manxmen who died in the Great War of 1914-18 can be found in the Isle of Man. Many draw upon the Island’s Celtic/Scandinavian past for inspiration, featuring ornate crosses with ring chain patterns on their shafts. Every parish, village and town has a memorial and many churches, chapels and public buildings have commemorative wall tablets.

From the beginning of the war the Isle of Man Times gathered a Roll of Honour of the dead, wounded and missing. It was not until after the Armistice on 11 November 1918, that plans proceeded for memorials on the Island and the first was erected in 1920 in the village of Santon.

A bronze memorial was dedicated in the Head Post Office in Regent Street, Douglas in 1921, to 100 employees, out of an eligible staff of 130, who enlisted in the military forces, and of whom six died. On Armistice Day 1921, a red sandstone Celtic cross was dedicated on Douglas Head. It was the idea of local president of the Discharged Soldiers and Sailors Association, John Leigh Goldie-Taubman, that no one could either arrive or leave the Island by sea without being reminded of the Manx sacrifice. Seven years later a storm destroyed the memorial but it was later replaced by a smaller one.

Although a public meeting in Douglas decided in February 1920 that a Manx National War Memorial should be erected near Tynwald Hill at St John’s, it was not completed until November 1923. A giant Union Jack was used for its unveiling as was the case at other memorials. It was in preference to the Manx flag because it was under the flag of the British Empire that Manxmen had fought and died.

Douglas erected its memorial on the promenade in May 1924. This was a 40-foot column of Manx granite surmounted by a three-ton ten-foot sculpture of a soldier, entitled ‘The Manxman’, designed by Ewart Crellin and carved by Harry Hems & Co.

In Australia the Manx-born sculptor, George Rayner Hoff, was responsible for the sculpture at the South Australian National War Memorial in Adelaide, unveiled in 1931.

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