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Men of Birkenhead - Cenotaph

WM reference
1260
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 05 July 1925
  • Dedicated : 05 July 1925
Current location

Opposite town hall
7-9
Hamilton Square
Hamilton Square Gardens
Birkenhead
Wirral
Merseyside
CH41 6AU
England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 32582 88993
Denomination: Undefined

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. Cenotaph is surrounded by rectangular capstones, with lettering carved in black.

Inscription

Six o'clock face: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF BIRKENHEAD/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR Three o'clock face: ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN THEIR GENERATIONS/ AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES/ (Names) Base: 1939-1945 WAR/ THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE MAY BE INSPECTED IN THE TOWN HALL Capstone: THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES SINCE 1945/ WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM/ (Names) Capstone: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF WIRRAL WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE/ SOUTH AFRICAN BOER WAR 1899-1902/ (Names) Capstone: THIS MEMORIAL PLAQUE IS DEDICATED/ TO THOSE CIVILIANS, MEMBERS OF THE EMERGENCY/ AND OTHER PUBLIC SERVICES/ WHO HAVE DIED AT HOME AND ABROAD/ DURING ENEMY ACTION IN DEFENCE OF THEIR COUNTRY./ THEIR SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN/ BY THE PEOPLE OF WIRRAL. Capstone: THIS PLAQUE IS DEDICATED TO/ THE MEN WHO ENDURED SUCH HARDSHIP/ IN THE JUNGLES AND JAPANESE PRISONERS OF/ WAR CAMPS DURING WW2/ THE IMAGE DEPICTS THEIR DEPENDENCE ON/ EACH OTHER TO GET THROUGH THOSE DARK DAYS/ "When you go home,/ tell them of us and say,/ for their tomorrow,/ we gave our today."

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Abbott, J F
Acton, S
Adams, A M
Agnew, G
Ainscough, D
Aitken, A C
Alderwood, S
Alderwood, A
Aldridge, N
Allan, F W
See details for all 1508 names

Subject/Period

Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Total names on memorial: 23
Served and returned: 0
Died: 23
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Surname, initial
Order of information: Alphabetical by surname

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

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: Alphabetical by surname

Subject/Period

Post-1945 war or conflict
Total names on memorial: 24
Served and returned: 0
Died: 24
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Surname, initial
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Cenotaph
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

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

Component

Tablets
Condition: Good
Measurements:
Materials: Stone
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

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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