War Memorials and Remembrance

Sandown Esplanade

The memorial is a Grade II listed First World War memorial erected in 1921 to commemorate the 78 servicemen of the town who gave their lives in the conflict. Later additions were added for the Second World War. The memorial was unveiled and dedicated on 25 July 1921 by HRH Princess Beatrice, then Governor of the Isle of Wight.

Designed by Percy Stone and constructed of Portland Stone the memorial cost approximately £560. The base of the memorial is Cornish granite and previously formed a gun mounting in the Yaverland Battery.

The panel facing the esplanade bears the inscription "Remember the love for them who came not home from the war," (Robert Bridges, Eaton Memorial Ode). 


The cross also includes two inscriptions: 

"Their name liveth for evermore." (Ecclesiasticus Chp.44 v. 14) and "Each gave a life for you and me" (At the Dawn, Ballads of battle, Lance-Corporal Joseph Lee, 4th Battalion Black Watch).


List of names inscribed on memorial and link to commonwealth war grave record 


Esplanade, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8LA

By Car:

The memorial is a short walk from the Fort Street Car Park, a long stay car park run by the Isle of Wight Council (PO36 8BA). There is also on-street pay and display parking along both Culver Parade and the Esplanade

By Train:

The site is 0.5 miles or approximately 15 mins walk from Sandown Station.

By Bus:

The nearest bus stop is Sandown Highstreet, a few minutes walkaway. Routes 2, 3, 8 and 24 serve the stop.



Animal Memorial

(Photo curtesy of Chris Carr (24 July 2020)

The carved memorial commemorates the animals that died in the first world war.

Carved from wood by a local craftsman, the sculpture was the result of a three year Community Kids Project and was unveiled by Deputy Lieutenant, Dr Nicholas England on 16 November 2019.

The carving features Dove of Our Peace, Joey the War Horse and Budders the Ratter and was designed and carved by local sculptor Paul Sivell from Monterey Cyprus.


The carving was blessed as part of VJ celebration on 15 August 2020 by Reverend Mark Williams in a ceremony attended by the Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon with town councillors.

The memorial is located at:

The Broadway Centre, The Broadway,
Isle of Wight
PO36 9GG

By Train:

The centre is 0.4 miles or approximately 10 mins walk from Sandown Station.

By Bus:

The nearest bus stop is at the heights and is just a few minutes from the centre. Routes 2, 3 and 8 serve the stop.

Remembrance/Armistice Day 2020

As a result of Covid-19 restrictions and the national lockdown planned Remembrance Services and ceremonies were not able to take place.

Wreath laying ceremonies were brought forward to 4 November 2020 and attended by the High Sheriff, Mayor, Chairman of the Isle of Wight British Legion and councillors.

Children from the Bay primary wrote poems which were to included in the planned service at Christ Church. 

2020 Remembrance Poems by the Bay Primary School 

Residents are encouraged to take part in the two minute silence on their doorstep, or inside their homes, as a mark of remembrance at 11am on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day (Wednesday 11 November).

Homes and businesses are being encouraged to mark Remembrance Sunday and show support for the armed forces community by displaying a poppy in their window.

This could be a traditional Royal British Legion paper poppy, a homemade poppy, a coloured-in poppy or a printed picture. There are pictures of poppies available to download and print from the Royal British Legion website


VJ Day 2020 - VJ Day@75

Following the cancellation of VE Day @75 events due to the first national lockdown, a small event, in line with government Covid-19 guidance was held. Military Vehicles transported dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant, accompanied by a cadet escort, the High Sheriff and the Mayor to the memorials across the bay for wreath laying ceremonies, though it was not possible to open the events to the public.


A service was then held beside the commonwealth war graves at Christ Church which was also attended by representatives from the Burma Star Association, the Royal British Legion and councillors.

Pupils of the Bay Primary School had been asked to design a flag to commemorate the date. The winning design, by Evie Fairhurst, was raised in the graveyard at the church.