On one side, two rather clumsily written inscriptions read
Dedicated by Sir Timothy Colman KG
HM Lord-Lieutenant Of Norfolk
2nd May 2004
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
One does not mourn brave men
one salutes them
Dereham District Coroner, A H Wood, 1959.
On the other three sides 26 names are listed.The youngest was 19 years of age, the oldest was 45.
The plaques at the base are cheaply made, of the type you buy from while-you-wait shoe repairers. The wreaths at the base were all weighted down with large flints from the beach below. While I was there, which was only ten minutes, loads of small children kept running up to it, excited by its torpedo/bomb shape, just to touch it; thus the bomb, insures that they are not forgotten
Among the listings there was one of three people killed at the same time and place. Presumably this was a team fooled by a booby trap set by their own side.
A feeling of sadness was amplified by the unwanted imagining of an epitaph that read "They died so we could build sandcastles"