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Posted 10 December 2021

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Angel War Memorial
Angel War Memorial

A view on our Frodingham Road development

A Swiss-based correspondent has praised the architecture of our new Frodingham Road homes.

Robert Jones grew up in Scunthorpe and attended Crosby Junior School where the homes are now situated. He said: “Some of the character of the old school has been retained in the colour and style of the homes, plus the railings which have been maintained. I’m also impressed with the space reserved for the angel memorial.”

Robert is currently preparing an article about Latin inscriptions in the Scunthorpe area after taking up Latin studies in his retirement. He gives an interesting insight into the two inscriptions that are on the angel memorial:

“The first line, Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, is a line from a poem by the Roman poet Horace. It roughly translates as ‘It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country’, though others have translated it as What joy, for fatherland to die!’’

“The second line, Sic itur ad astra, is a line from the Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil. It approximately means Thus one journeys to the stars’.

“Although the two lines are from two different poets, together they read It is sweet and proper to die for one’s country, thus one journeys to the stars’.

“It is surprising to find these Latin sentences on a war memorial in a primary school playground in Scunthorpe, but in the book The Crosby Angel: A Community's War Memorial, it is described how the school’s headmaster at the time, Alfred Garrett, was accomplished in Latin and taught it to his pupils.”

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This story also features in our latest edition of Key News.

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