Men Of Birkenhead

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Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 05 July 1925
  • Dedicated : 05 July 1925

Current location

HAMILTON SQUARE GARDENS,Hamilton Square,Birkenhead,Wirral,Merseyside,England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 320 880
Denomination: Unknown

Description

CENOTAPH WITH MOULDED BASE, FRIEZE AND NAME PANELS ON LONGER SIDES AND RELIEFS AT SHORT ENDS, SURMOUNTED BY SARCOPHAGUS. RELIEFS AT SHORTEST SIDES DEPICT MOURNING FEMALE FIGURES WITH 1) NEXT OF KIN PLAQUE 2) LAUREL WREATH AND PALM BRANCH. ABOVE BOTH THE NAME AND FIGURE PANEL IS A FRIEZE PROTECTED BY A CORNICE. A BAND OF LAUREL WREATHS IS ALSO INCORPORATED ON BASE MOULDINGS. BELOW NAME PANELS - RELIEF SHIELDS OF THE ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE AND MERCHANT NAVY. THE CIVIC ARMS OF BIRKENHEAD ARE EMBOSSED UPON OVAL ESCUTCHEONS ABOVE THE FIGURE PANELS. THE DATES 1914-1919 ARE CARVED BELOW FIGURE PANELS. CENOTAPH ORIGINALLY FLANKED BY FLAGSTAFFS TO NE AND SW, THESE WERE OVER 45FT HIGH WITH METAL BASES RESTING ON STEPS, DECORATED WITH LAUREL FESTOONS, SHAFTS ORIGINALLY PAINTED ORANGE VERMILLION AND FINIALS GILDED.

Inscription

IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF BIRKENHEAD WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN THEIR GENERATIONS/AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES/ (Names)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 3
Served and returned: 0
Died: 3
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,regiment
Order of information: surname

Subject / Period

Falklands Conflict (1982)
Total names on memorial: 1
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 1455
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1455
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,regiment
Order of information: surname,regiment

Component

Cenotaph
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth C 5500MM , height C 9000MM , width C 6000MM
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Relief
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone - Green Westmorland
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 05 July 1925
Attended by: GENERAL SIR RICHARD H K BUTLER KCB KCMG

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 05 July 1925
Attended by: Bishop of Chester

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL

Notes

GRADE II LISTED

Notes

UV PROGRAMME IN IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM COLLECTION (WITH NAMES)

Reference

FOR YOUR TOMORROW: BRITISH SECOND WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 145 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1995 YORK

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

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