Widnes

Our reference
18286
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone : 28th August 1920
  • Unveiled : 28th September 1921

Current location

Victoria Park,Widnes,Halton,Cheshire,WA8 7SZ,England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 510 850
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Tall square column on collonaded plinth and broad oblong base bearing the name panels; surmounted by an urn and flame in stone Carved cross and wreath on end face of column, laurel swags carved on pedestal arms of Widnes

Inscription

12 o'clock: TO OUR/ GLORIOUS/ DEAD 1914 - 1919/ 1939 - 1945 3 o'clock: 6 oclock face: THE BLOOD OF HEROES/ IS THE SEED/ OF FREEDOM 9 o'clock face: THEIR NAME/ LIVETH FOR/ EVERMORE/ ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS/ OF THE BOROUGH OF WIDNES/ IN COMMEMORATION OF THE/ MEN OF THIS PLACE WHO MADE/ THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN/ THE GREAT WAR OF 1914 1919/ THIS FOUNDATION STONE WAS/ LAID 28TH AUGUST 1920 BY/ ALDERMAN EDWIN WOOD MAYOR

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 256
Served and returned: 0
Died: 256
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 818
Served and returned: 0
Died: 818
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
Order of information: surname

Component

Base
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone - York
Listed?: No

Component

Column
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 10M , height 12.2M , width 10M
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Plaques / Panels with names
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Foundation Stone
Date: 28th August 1920
Attended by: UNKNOWN

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 28th September 1921
Attended by: EARL (17TH) OF DERBY

History

THE NAME PANELS WERE STOLEN IN 1979 AND REPLACED

Costs

Site: £17830
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Unknown or N/A
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL

Notes

SEE "I DON'T WANT TO BE A SUNBEAM" BY HARRY JONES (CENOTAPH PUBLISHING, WIDNES, 1999) FOR A DETAILED AND WELL REASERCHED ACCOUNT OF THE LIVES OF THOSE LISTED.

Notes

2006: A successful application made to the War Memorials Trust for restoration. ORIGINAL PLANS WERE FOR A MEDICAL CENTRE AS WELL AS A MEMORIAL, BUT FUNDS WERE INSUFFICIENT. IN ADDITION, THERE WERE PROTESTS ABOUT THE USE OF CONTRACTORS FROM LIVERPOOL, RATHER THAN LOCALLY.

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

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