SJ8498 : Soldiers' Gate

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Soldiers' Gate
Soldiers' Gate
The Soldiers' Gate was refurbished during the redevelopment of Victoria Station in 2015. The gate led to the train platforms which were used by soldiers during World War I. It stands as a poignant tribute to the lads who took their final train journey from Victoria, never to return.

A plaque SJ8498 : Soldiers' Gate Memorial Plaque alongside reads "To the memory of the many thousands of men who passed through this door to the great war 1914-1919 and of those who did not return".

The stone across which the soldiers walked has been kept and a new commemorative feature has been incorporated into the gate. The contemporary insertion into the original gateway locates the sites of World War I Commonwealth grave sites and cemeteries through Northern France and Belgium. Each is marked by a hole made through the door. The relative sizes of the individual penetrations through the steel corresponds to the numbers of fallen who are buried at each location.

Compare with David Dixon's photograph from October 2015 SJ8498 : Manchester Victoria Refurbishment, The Soldiers' Gate.

Alongside it today is a memorial to a much more recent act SJ8498 : We will remember you.
Manchester Victoria Station :: SJ8499

Opened in 1844 (the present building dates to 1902), Manchester Victoria is the second busiest station in Manchester. It runs services mainly to destinations north and east of Manchester as well as Liverpool. There is also a Metrolink station on the line to Bury. The station underwent a major refurbishment between 2013-15, see ( Link )
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Tuesday, 30 May, 2017   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 1 June, 2017
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City, Town centre  Railways  People, Events 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8404 9894 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.2157N 2:14.5196W
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