John Avery Heritage
Member Southampton Heritage Federation
 Sharing local history with the community
In 1967 the Queen Mary set off on her final voyage to Longbeach, California. This watercolour by Eric Crompton records the farewell.A stone carving on the RSH Hospital Chapel.An afternoon stroll on Plymouth Breakwater
John Avery is a Fellow of the Huguenot Society of Britain and Ireland, a member of Southampton
Heritage Federation, City of Southampton Society [Honorary Life Member], Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery [Honorary Life Member],  Friends of  Town Quay Park, National Federation of Cemetery Friends, The Southampton Fryatt Plaque, Devon Family History Society, West Country Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust , Landmark Trust, National Trust
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Service of Remembrance Southampton Cenotaph 9th November 2014
Grateful thanks to Ann MacGillivray for use of the images
The Cenotaph Southampton courtesy Ann MacGillivray 
The Southampton Cenotaph designed by Edwin Lutyens pre-dates the Whitehall Cenotaph in London. The inscribed names in the Portland stone have been affected by weathering and glass bottle green panels have been erected with all the names laser etched into the panels to supplement the memorial. The opportunity was taken to add names which for various reasons were omitted on the stonework. The Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group  has been formed to research the history of those recorded and welcomes both further information and any enquiries see
Grateful thanks to Den White for the following images:
The wreaths on the Southampton Cenotaph 9th November 2014
Image of descendents and family of Captain Charles Fryatt and supporters of the Southampton Fryatt Plaque at Southampton Cenotaph Nov 2014. Image by Den White. 
Descendents and family members of Captain Charles Fryatt
and supporters of the Southampton Fryatt Plaque at the
Southampton Cenotaph 9th November 2014. Images by
Den White.
Image by Den White 
Remembrance service Southampton Cenotaph 9th November 2014 image courtesy Den White 

War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials within the UK to ensure they remain part of our communities forever.  War memorials commemorate our shared past, an important part of our national culture. 

War Memorials Trust seeks to cooperate with other organisations, at both national and local level, to better safeguard the future of war memorials in both their social and historical context.  Please note that the Trust is unable to provide advice or funding towards war graves.

War Memorials Trust is an independent registered charity and as such is dependent on voluntary income.


The Trust has a dedicated Conservation Team that can provide free advice on any memorial issue or technical conservation enquiry.  This service is available to anyone with a memorial enquiry.  The Conservation Team can also advise on maintenance works and how to prevent theft.  The Trust’s website has extensive information on conservation and repair and helpsheets on most general and technical memorial issues:


War Memorials Trust administers grant schemes which cover the whole of the UK.  Grants are for conservation and repair of war memorials and all grant schemes are open to anyone to apply; individuals or organisations, including councils.  Information on grants, eligibility and how to apply are available on the Trust’s website:  The first stage of any funding enquiry is to complete a ‘Grants Pre-application Form’, and this can be downloaded from the website.  Please note that the Trust cannot provide funding retrospectively under any circumstances.


The Trust is involved in a number of projects which may be of assistance to those interested in, or custodians of, war memorials:

  • In Memoriam 2014

This is a partnership between the SmartWater Foundation and War Memorials Trust.  In Memoriam 2014 protects memorials at risk of theft or damage by marking them with a forensic liquid called SmartWater.  The crime prevention fluid, which is being made available at no charge, will not only make memorials uniquely identifiable, it also offers robust traceability should a theft occur.  This will act as a significant deterrent to those considering desecrating our war memorials by massively increasing their chances of detection and subsequent arrest.  Further information and registration are available on the website:

  • War Memorials Online

War Memorials Online is run by War Memorials Trust and supported by English Heritage.  Working with the public, it is the ambition of War Memorials Online to create the UK’s most comprehensive understanding of war memorials.  Members of the public can browse current records and upload their own content, photos and condition reports to help create a complete picture of the condition of all war memorials across the country.  For further information please visit the website:

  • War Memorials Officers

In November 2010 War Memorials Trust approached local authorities across the UK to ask if they had a War Memorials Officer.  A War Memorials Officer is the single, or main, point of contact at the council who deals with war memorial issues. They are rarely called 'War Memorials Officer' within the local authority structure as war memorials are just one part of their job, but War Memorials Trust uses the phrase to identify the person who deals with war memorials.  Details of your local War Memorials Officer can be found on the Trust’s website:


Launched in August 2011, War Memorials Trust’s youth focused Learning Programme works to educate today’s young people, the war memorial custodians of tomorrow, about the signifi­cance of war memorials.

By investigating the stories of those commemorated and discovering the fascinating history of local war memorials, we hope young people in schools, and those involved in Cadets, Scouting, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and youth groups, will be inspired to continue to preserve our war memorial heritage.  More information is available on the Learning Programme website:

Contact details

War Memorials Trust

2nd Floor

42a Buckingham Palace Road

London SW1W 0RE

Conservation:, 020 7233 7356

Grants:, 020 7233 7356

Charity:, 020 7834 0200 / 0300 123 0764


Southampton Repatriation Memorial

A service was held at St Michael's Church, Bugle Street, Southampton at 2pm on 27th October 2013 followed by a walk to Town Quay Park where a memorial plaque was unveilled to mark the return of ex POW's from the Far East by troopships at the end of WWII. The commemoration was organised by FEPOW History Group with support of the friends of Town Quay Park and Southampton City Council. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, the Mayor of Southampton and a congregation of families, ex servicemen, serving servicemen and supporters attended the ceremony.

snowfall Southampton Old Cemetery courtesy FoSOCSeamen's strike at Southampton 1966Royal Blues at Bournemouth c 1949 photo by Derek Amey local historians Jim Brown and John Avery deep in thought. Image Ann MacGillivray Veronica Tippetts addressing Court Leet Oct 2nd 2012. Image Will TempleJohn Melody Southampton Town Crier at Court Leet 2012. Image Will Temple