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War memorial listed to mark the Gallipoli campaign centenary

St George's Church war memorial in Deal Credit: Historic England

· War memorials listed to mark the Gallipoli Campaign centenary

· The Gallipoli Campaign is one of the key centenaries being marked by national ceremonial events as part of the First World War commemorations

· The memorials serve as a physical reminder of the heavy losses from one of the most notable military actions of the First World War

A war memorial in Kent associated with Gallipoli, one of the most notable military actions of the First World War, has been listed to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.

It's one of several memorials listed as part of a Historic England scheme to list up 2500 war memorials over the next five years to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Built in the years following the conflict, war memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss the First World War brought about.

St George’s Church War Memorial Cross has been listed at Grade II. It was originally a private family memorial to two sons, one of whom, Arthur Tisdall, was killed at Gallipoli.

Later it was decided to add the names of other men from the parish who died as the War progressed. Arthur Tisdall, Sub-Lieutenant who was in command of 13 Platoon, D Company, Anson Battalion, was awarded a Victoria Cross for his bravery at Gallipoli for his repeated efforts to rescue a number of wounded soldiers who were pinned down on the beach by Turkish machine gun fire.

Before the war, he had also received a University of Cambridge’s Chancellor’s Medal for Classical Learning. The two very different medals of this exceptional scholar-soldier are represented in accurate, life-sized, bronzes on the memorial shaft.


Deal bombing letters from Thatcher and Bush to go on display

Letters of condolence from President Bush and Margaret Thatcher sent to the Royal Marines in the wake of the IRA Deal bombing in 1989 will go on display in Portsmouth.

Margaret Thatcher looks at floral tributes after the bombing in 1989 Credit: Press Association

A watch worn by one of the bandsmen injured in the blast, badly damaged but still showing the exact time the bomb went off, will also go on view.

The items are being presented to the Royal Marines School of Music for display in its new Memorial Room to mark the 25th anniversary of the bombing.

The explosion at Deal barracks in Kent - then home to the school of music - took place on September 22 1989. As well as the 11 servicemen killed, 22 were seriously injured. The barracks and several nearby homes were extensively damaged.

Cap and bugle at scene of bomb blast Credit: Press Association

In days following the blast, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and US President George H W Bush wrote letters to the Royal Marines Principal Director of Music, Lieutenant Colonel John Ware.

Mrs Thatcher wrote to Lt Col Ware after he accompanied her to visit the wounded in hospital.

Deal barracks following the blast Credit: Press Association

"It has been a devastating blow for everyone in the Royal Marines as well as for the people of Deal. "I wanted to show on my visit that the whole country is intent on sharing your sorrow, but also in admiration for the courage and fortitude of the Royal Marines and their band which gives so much pleasure to so many people year after year," she wrote.

Lt Col Ware has now chosen to present the letters to the school of music - which re-located to Portsmouth in 1996 - for permanent display in honour of those killed and injured.


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Morocco prison was like 'a concentration camp', says jailed Briton

Ray Cole, left, is reunited with his family. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British holidaymaker Ray Cole, who was jailed in Morocco for being gay, has described the prison he was kept in as a "concentration camp".

The 69-year-old, from Deal in Kent, was imprisoned for four months after homosexual images were found on his password-protected phone.

After being reunited with his family at Gatwick Airport, he described the conditions he had been living in.

You would not believe it, it's horrendous. It's not a prison, it's a concentration camp. People are in there from the age of 10 to 80 and 90s for nothing. I can hardly move my arm from sleeping on the floor.

– Ray Cole.

Mr Cole was freed after his family's legal team in Marrakesh lodged an appeal.

He said his release came as a surprise and he had thought he was being transferred to a different prison.

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Son speaks of relief at father's release from Moroccan jail

The son of Ray Cole, the pensioner who was freed today after being held in a Moroccan jail for 'gay acts', has spoken of his relief at the release of his father.

Adrian Cole, 41, said: "I feel like I am going to be sick - I can't quite believe what we have been able to achieve."

He added: "We would like to express our gratitude as a family to the thousands of people who have offered us their support and kindness.

"I would also like to offer my thanks to the Moroccan authorities. I am told my father left prison in good spirits and with all the possessions he went in there with."

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