Port Sunlight And Lever Brothers Ltd Employees

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Memorial type
Lost
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District
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Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 3rd December 1921
  • Unveiled : 03rd December 1921

Current location

The Causeway,Port Sunlight,Wirral,Merseyside,England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 330 840
Denomination: Unknown

Description

CELTIC CROSS WITH CHAMFERED SHAFT ON OCTAGONAL PODIUM WITH ELEVEN SURROUNDING FIGURES AND TWELVE RELIEF PANELS. STEPS TO NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST. SCULPTURE DEPICTS DEFENCE OF THE HOME. FREE STANDING FIGURES COMPRISE THREE SOLDIERS, TWO WOMEN AND SIX CHILDREN, FOUR ROUND-HEADED PANELS HAVE RELIEFS DEPICTING DIFFERENT SERVICES - AMBULANCE MEN WITH WOUNDED SOLDIERS, GUNNERS, SAILORS AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT.

Inscription

THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE / FOR EVER AND / THEIR GLORY / SHALL NOT BE/ BLOTTED OUT SOUTH PANEL: THESE ARE NOT DEAD / SUCH SPIRITS NEVER DIE / ON THE ADJOINING PANELS ARE INSCRIBED / THE NAMES OF THOSE / FROM THE OFFICES AND WORKS OF / LEVER BROTHERS LIMITED / AND THEIR ASSOCIATED COMPANIES OVERSEAS / AND ALSO FROM PORT SUNLIGHT / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 1919 / (NAMES) NORTH PANEL: THIS MEMORIAL / ERECTED BY LEVER BROTHERS LIMITED / AND THE COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES IN ALL / PARTS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND IN / ALLIED COUNTRIES WAS UNVEILED ON / DECEMBER 3RD 1921 BY / SERGEANT E.G. EAMES OF PORT SUNLIGHT / WHO LOST HIS SIGHT AT THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE SOMME IN FRANCE 1916 AND BY PRIVATE R.E. CRUICKSHANK OF THE LONDON / BRANCH OFFICE WHO WAS AWARDED THE / VICTORIA CROSS IN 1918 FOR CONSPICUOUS / BRAVERY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY IN PALESTINE / (NAMES) BASE OF PLINTH - SOUTH SIDE: THE NAMES OF ALL WHO SERVED NUMBERING OVER FOUR THOUSAND AND RECORDED IS A BOOK DEPOSITED BENEATH THIS STONE AND ALSO IN SIMILAR BOOKS IN CHRIST CHURCH AND IN THE LADY LEVER ART GALLERY WALL SURROUNDING CENTRAL PLATFORM: DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI / THEIR NAME SHALL REMAIN FOR EVER AND/THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT REVERSE OF WALL: TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 117
Served and returned: 0
Died: 117
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname,decorations
Order of information: surname

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 511
Served and returned: 0
Died: 511
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,decorations
Order of information: surname

Component

Cross
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 38FT
Materials: Granite
Listed?: No

Component

Figures
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Plinth
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 7FT 6IN , width 80FT
Materials: Granite
Listed?: No

Component

Relief
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 3rd December 1921
Attended by: SERGEANT E.G. EAMES

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 03rd December 1921
Attended by: PRIVATE ROBERT EDWARD CRUICKSHANK V.C.

History

GRANT APPLICATION (1/04). Was designed by W Goscombe John and completed in 1921

Costs

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

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Corporate
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

UNILEVER

Notes

A FRAMED CERTIFICATE WAS AWARDED TO EACH EMPLOYEE AND REPORTED IN HOUSE MAGAZINE "PROGRESS" VOL. 17 NO. 132. COPY IN FILE. Over 4000 employees of Lever Brothers served and over 500 war dead are commemorated on the memorial. GOLD WATCHES PRESENTED TO EMPLOYEES WHO WERE DECORATED (PROGRESS VOL. 20 JANUARY 1920) The original maquettes were discovered at Lady Lever Gallery and taken to the conservation centre in Liverpool where some of them have been placed on display. BOOK: GOLDEN BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE (REF: 1L POR P, CHESHIRE COUNTY RECORD OFFICE)

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 30 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

Reference

Source: Image Library NIWM Published:LEO COOPER 1991 LONDON

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