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Mundesley Bomb Disposal Memorial

County Norfolk   District Council North Norfolk 
Civil Parish or equivalent Mundesley  Town/Village* Mundesley 
Road Beach Road 
Precise Location Cliff top above the main beach next to the Mundesley Maritime Museum 
OS Grid Ref TG312367  Postcode NR11 
Previous location(s)  
Setting Lawned area overlooking the beach  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Noel Cashford  Benefactor(s)   

Commissioned by

Norfolk Landmine Clearance Memorial Committee and North Norfolk Council 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling



Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Readymade

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Bomb  Steel and brass  H 126 cm x Dia 38 cm 
Pedestal  Brick and flint  H 89 cm x W 100 cm x D 100 cm 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


North Norfolk Council 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Inscriptions Main plaque: 'This is a memorial to the many brave / Royal Engineer bomb disposal personnel / who were killed while clearing British Landmines / from the Norfolk Coast between 1944 and 1953 / It is thanks to them and their colleagues / that our cliffs and beaches are now safe / for everyone to use and enjoy // Those who survived will never forget / Those who did not will never be forgotten / Author Unknown'. 'One does not mourn brave men / one salutes them / Dereham District Coroner A H Wood 1959' Other 3 plaques: list of names of the dead (Sapper Ernest Laud / Lance Sergeant John Richards / Lieutenant Kenneth Perry / Lieutenant Charles Leonard Shrimpton MBE / Corporal Edward James Griffiths / Sapper A W Howsham / Corporal Frank A Violet BEM / Corporal Thomas Campbell / Lance Corporal Albert H Harrison / Corporal Samuel Dougherty / Corporal George Jones / Sapper Stanley James Sullivan / Sapper Walter Kenneth Gilbert / Corporal William Vaughan BEM / Lance Sergeant Leslie G Holbrook / Lance Corporal George W Sweetman / Lance Corporal Vincent Reginald Goddard / Sapper William Palin / Sergeant Robert O'Doherty / Corporal Kenneth Braddock / Lance Sergeant Thomas O'Donoghue / Lance Sergeant Thomas O'Donoghue / Sapper Francis McMeechan / Corporal Amos Henshall / Sapper Josiah W Potter ) with ages- dates of death- and places (Great Yarmouth / Caister / Winterton / Horsey / Waxham / Happisburgh / Trimingham / Weybourne / Holkham) 

Description (physical)

Downward-pointing large green bomb case- weighing 500 kg - with two polished brass emblems of the Royal Engineers front and back. Set on a simple brick-and-flint pedestal- with brass plaques on all sides commemorating the dead 

Description (iconographical)

Unique memorial to the 26 Royal Engineer Bomb Disposal squadron and the men who died clearing land mines on the coastal stretch between Yarmouth and Holkham 1944-53. The German bomb casing was supplied by the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Unit at Wimbish in Essex. The downward orientation of the bomb picks up on the design of the emblem fixed to the casing 


Date taken:  3/2/2008
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  18/8/2007

Inspected by:
David Hulks

Sources and References

BD News Winter 2003 online at accessed 15-Oct-07 / accessed 18-Oct-07 / accessed 18-Oct-07 


Date entered:  18/10/2007

Data inputter:
David Hulks