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War Memorial #309 Winterbourne Down.

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Hidden : 08/21/2017
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Geocache Description:

This is a multi-cache, where facts need to be gathered at the posted co-ordinate for the War Memorial, as follows:

A. In WWI several muliple names appear, probably related. How many times does a surname appear twice within 1914 - 1918?

B, C, D. The 'Coles' were a prominent local family. James Hugh Coles had a DSO after his name. What does DSO stand for and how many letters are in each word?

E. James Hugh Coles was a Lieutenant Colonel. If Second Lieutenant is 1 and Field Marshall is 11 for wartime Commissioned Officers. what number is a Lieutenant Colonel?

F. How many crew members died along with Flying Officer Denys Geoffrey Graeme Coles? (Don't count him).

G. On the bottom step are names of local men who died in WWII. How many names of men are there after 'AND OF......?

H, I, J, K. In 1919 the Coles family erected this commemorative memorial to family members and comrades killed in the wars and as a War Memorial covering the WWI and WWII casualties from the area of Winterbourne Down. After WWII there is a dedicatory inscription for a 67 year old Coles father. In what year did he die?

To find the final cache co-ordinate, substitute the letters below,with your number answers and do the calculations.

N51 (F) (A - F) . (D - J) (B - E) (F - G) W002 (A - H) (I - K) . (J - H) (C + G) (D + G)

The stone memorial faces west and takes the form of a medieval lantern cross standing upon a two-step base. The square base supports a shallow plinth upon which sits an octagonal socket stone whose upper section has been worked into a deep drip moulding. A weathered relief of the badge of the East Yorkshire Regiment is carved on its west face. The shaft, which is square at the base with carved leaf decoration, tapers in octagonal section to a lantern head set above an octagonal annulet. The lantern has four faces with traceried niches containing relief sculptures; on the west face is the Crucified Christ whilst the east face contains the Madonna and Child; St George is depicted on the south face whilst the weathered sculpture on the north face is possibly St James the Less.

The dedicatory inscriptions to the Coles family members who fought and died in the First and Second World Wars are inscribed on the memorial's west face. The inscription extending across the north-west, west and south-west faces of the socket stone reads 'TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN / PIOUS MEMORY OF JAMES HUGH COLES DSO LIEUTENANT COLONEL / EAST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION / NEAR WYTSCHAETE BELGIUM ON 25 APRIL 1918 AGED 33 YEARS / AND GEOFFREY WILLIAM COLES / WHO DIED 27 NOVEMBER 1915 AGED 28 YEARS / NEMO SIBI NASCITUR’. Below, the west face of the plinth is inscribed 'REST ETERNAL GRANT UNTO THEM O LORD / AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM'. Below again, the top step of the base is inscribed ‘THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945 / TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN EVER GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / FLYING OFFICER DENYS GEOFFREY GRAEME COLES RAFVR / AGED 22 YEARS / AND OF HIS CREW WHO MADE THEIR LAST FLIGHT ON 22 JAN 1941. On the bottom step of the base are the names of the local men who died during the Second World War with the inscription reading 'AND OF......(men's names).......OF THE PARISH OF WINTERBOURNE DOWN / GRANT THEM THY PEACE O LORD’. The names of the local men who fought and died during the First World War are recorded alphabetically in an anticlockwise direction on the south, south-east, east and north-east faces with the north face bearing the inscription 'OF THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR / LIVES IN / THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918’. On the top step of the base on the memorial's north side, a further inscription reads ‘ALSO DENYS FRANCIS PARR COLES / FATHER OF DENYS GODFREY GRAEME COLES / DIED MAY 19 _ _ _ _, AGED 67 YEARS’.

The series is dedicated to those who fought for their country. "We will remember them!”

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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