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Lieutenant B L Nicholson And Men Of Leek

WM reference
13742
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Dedicated : 1949
  • Unveiled : 20 August 1925
  • Rededicated : 02 September 2005
Current location

MAIN ROAD INTERSECTION
Derby St
Leek
Staffordshire Moorlands
Staffordshire
England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 990 560
Denomination: Undefined

Description

LARGE CLOCK TOWER WITH PYRAMID ROOF, ENCLOSED BY SIX FOOT STONE WALL WHICH HAS OPENINGS WITH STEPS LEADING UP TO THE TOWER. WWI INSCRIPTION AND NAMES ON PLAQUES AT BASE OF TOWER. WWII NAMES BESIDE STEPS.

Inscription

ERECTED BY SIR ARTHUR AND LADY NICHOLSON/ TO THE PERPETUAL HONOUR AND CHERISHED MEMORY OF THEIR SON/ LIEUTENANT BASIL LEE NICHOLSON, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY/ WHO FELL IN ACTION NEAR YPRES, BELGIUM, 24 JULY 1915/ AND TO ALL THE GALLANT SONS OF LEEK/ AND OF THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD WHOSE LIVES WERE/ SO BRAVELY SACRIFICED IN FIGHTING FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 ALL HONOUR GIVE TO THOSE WHO NOBLY STRIVING/ NOBLY FELL THAT WE MIGHT LIVE/ (NAMES) IN COMMEMORATION OF THE MEN OF LEEK. WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Ainsworth, J W
Alcock, U
Allard, S N
Arrowsmith, E
Ashley, W A
Ashworth, H
Astles, F
Astles, J
Astles, A
Atkinson, J
See details for all 421 names

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 421
Served and returned: 0
Died: 421
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,decorations
Order of information: rank,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 114
Served and returned: 0
Died: 114
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,decorations
Order of information: surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Second World War - civilians
Total names on memorial: 1
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1
Exact count: yes
Information shown: year died,place of death,forename,manner of death
Order of information: Undefined

Component

Tower
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 80FT
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Clock
Condition: Unknown
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Plaques
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 3FT 6IN, width 4FT 6IN
Materials: Undefined
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 1949
Attended by: UNKNOWN

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 20 August 1925
Attended by: LT.GEN. SIR CHARLES HARRINGTON

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 02 September 2005
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

History

2011: Completion of the cleaning of the memorial and re-setting of stone flags around it. The process took 16 weeks at a cost of £206,000 March 2010: a seven and a half minute film featuring interviews with veterans will form part of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. August 2009: Clock battery circuit board and rechargeable battery in need of replacement. Council agreed to pay £548 for repairs to the clock. £10,000 has been secured from English Heritage for tower restoration project. Whole project now estimated at £100,000. Leek Council has committed to raising the funds and also £1,200 for disabled access around the memorial. March 2009: Leek Town Council is seeking funding for the repair and renovation of the memorial. They have announced a package of improvements which are estimated to cost £150,000 and which are part of a larger project for the memorial with an overall cost of £250,000. The Council is investigating grants from Heritage bodies and also seeking public donations. 1999: Floodlit 1995: REFURBISHED (COST £20,000). 1925: Work began to construct the memorial tower and was completed the same year. The area chosen was once the site of the old cattle market which operated from 1827 until 1874.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: £16,000
Comments: Memorial was paid for by Sir Arthur Nicholson and his wife, Lady Nicholson in memory of their son, Basil Lee Nicholson.

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Private
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Leek Town Council. The deeds to the land and the building were handed over at the unveiling ceremony.

Reference

Local Publication/Booklet p2-3 Leek U3A Magazine, Edition 29, Autumn 2011

Reference

Other website http://www.nicholsonmemorial.org.uk/Navigation/Links/Links.html

Reference

Leek Post and Times 3rd March 2010 Article about the film submission for HLF funding

Reference

War Memorials Trust WM1602 http://www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=93

Reference

Leek Post and Times 19 August 2009 Photo of the memorial c 1960. Also article on Leek By the Sea event which included making a postcard of the memorial as a sandcastle.

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

Leek Post and Times 12 August 2009 Announcing plans for Victory over Japan 64th anniversary ceremony at memorial on 15th August 2009.

Reference

Leek Post and Times 8 / 05 August 2009 Details of restoration fundraising project

Reference

Leek Post and Times 24 / 05 August 2009 Photograph of Leek before and after the memorial was erected.

Reference

Leek Post and Times 25 March 2009 Article announcing Council's fundraising initiative to renovate memorial.

Reference

Leek Post and Times 28 January 2009 Article about tender for restoration project.

Reference

Moorlands Trader September 2000 Article about publication of book on WWII names.

Reference

The Sentinel 12 November 1999 Article about floodlighting memorial.

Reference

Leek Post and Times 05 November 1997 History of memorial.

Reference

Leek Post and Times 09 April 1997 Article about vandalism to memorial.

Reference

Leaflet: ' A Guide to the Nicholson War Memorial'

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