Restoration of the
memorial to Ross Lowis Mangles VC
restoration project for 2006 is the memorial commemorating Ross
Lowis Mangles VC (1833-1905), which is located in plot 31.
He is one of only five civilians to be
awarded the Victoria Cross.
Mangles was awarded his VC for his action during the Indian
Mutiny on 30 July 1857. As a civil servant, he had volunteered to serve in the
force to relieve Arrah. Despite being previously wounded, he managed to bind the
wounds of a soldier whilst under heavy fire, carried him for several miles
across swampy ground, and got him safely into a boat.
Mangles retired from the Indian Civil Service in
1883. He died at Pirbright, Surrey, the village
adjacent to Brookwood Cemetery. He is also
commemorated by a plaque in Pirbright church.
Once again the Brookwood Cemetery Society approached
Masonry of West End, Woking, to quote for the restoration
of this monument. As can be seen in the picture, the celtic cross memorial was leaning
to the right and was in danger of toppling over.
Masonry carried out the first stage of the restoration
whereby the cross and its base was set upright. The inscription panels were also
cleaned. Following the completion of this stage, the Society's small restoration
group tidied the grave plot to reveal the decorative cast iron surround. The
grave space was cleared, geotextile sheet was laid, and the area partly filled
with gravel. This stage of the restoration is shown in the second photograph.
The final stage of the
restoration was to clean and repaint the cast iron surround. From surviving
paint fragments it was clear the ironwork was originally (or previously) painted
green, so we have repainted it to the nearest colour available. Following this
repaint, the grave space was finished off with more gravel.
We are left with a striking
memorial commemorating a brave civilian who used to live locally. We have
managed to complete this restoration during the 150th anniversary year of the
Society is very grateful for the continuing support and interest of Ramadan
Guney, owner of Brookwood Cemetery, and the staff at Pankhurst Graphic Masonry.
Thanks also to the hard work put in by our restoration team: David Cowley, Sue
Culshaw, Eddie Evans, Margaret Hobbs, Ben Smith and Jo Toogood.
If you would like to make a donation towards our
restoration projects, then please contact
Margaret Hobbs on 01344 891041, or write to 75 Ranelagh Crescent, Ascot, Berks SL5 8LQ.
Details of other restoration projects
may be seen here.
Last year the Society restored the memorial to
Johnson, one of Lord Nelson's grand-daughters.
Pankhurst Graphic Masonry may be
contacted at Studio Unit 4, Pankhurst Farm, Bagshot Road, West End, Woking,
Surrey GU24 9QR, or telephone 01276 855242
Margaret Hobbs and Anthony Montan