Great Central Railway - WW1

WM reference
27674
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 9 August 1922
  • Dedicated : 9 August 1922
  • Unveiled : 10 November 1971
  • Rededicated : 10 November 1971
  • Unveiled : 11 November 2003
  • Rededicated : 11 November 2003
Current location

Within a few yards of the memorial's original site.
Royal Victoria Holiday Inn
Victoria Station Rd
Sheffield
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S4 7YE
England
OS Grid Ref.: SK 36021 87970
Denomination: Undefined

Previous location

South east side passage.
Wicker Arches
Wicker Arches
Sheffield
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S3
England
OS Grid Ref.: SK 359 880
Denomination: Undefined

Previous location

Formed the eastern wall of the Booking Hall
Sheffield Victoria Railway Station
Sheffield
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
England
OS Grid Ref.: Undefined
Denomination: Undefined

Previous location

On the station forecourt
Sheffield Victoria Railway Station
Sheffield
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
England
OS Grid Ref.: Undefined
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Three panels within a wooden frame and set in wall. Panels lists the ex-railway men who died in WW1. Raised lettering. A dedicatory plaque is mounted next to panels, depicts the history of the memorial and the quotation. Raised lettering in white with red background.

Inscription

Plaque: THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY WAR MEMORIAL/ THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY COMPANY ERECTED THE ORIGINAL MEMORIAL ON THIS SITE/ IN MEMORY OF 1304 RAILWAY EMPLOYEES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR/ COUNTRY IN THE 1914-18 GREAT WAR. THE UNVEILING CEREMONY ON 9TH AUGUST 1922/ BY FIELD MARSHAL EARL HAIG WITH MANY DIGNITARIES ATTENDING TOOK PLACE IN THE/ PRESENCE OF OVER 8000 PEOPLE. ALTERATIONS TO THE STATION AND HOTEL FORECOURT AREA IN 1938 SAW THE MEMORIAL/ MOVED INSIDE THE STATION-BOOKING HALL AND PRIOR TO THE DEMOLITION OF/ VICTORIA STATION. THE MEMORIAL WAS AGAIN RELOCATED IN 1971 TO BELOW THE/ WICKER ARCHES, WHERE OVER THE YEARS IN HAD BADLY DETERIORATED AND/ SUFFERED DAMAGE. THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY SOCIETY WITH THE HELP OF THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND/ AND OTHER MAJOR SPONSORS ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE/ RESTORATION OF THIS SPLENDID MEMORIAL AND BY KIND PERMISSION OF THE OWNERS/ OF THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOLIDAY INN HOTEL. TO HAVE ARRANGED ITS RETURN TO A/ SITE VERY CLOSE TO ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION. THE REDEDICATION SERVICE CONDUCTED BY THE DEAN OF SHEFFIELD TOOK PLACE ON/ ARMISTRIC DAY, 11TH NOVEMBER 2003 'At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them' Panels: (Names)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Abey, C
Ackert, A
Ahrrison, R
Ainsworth, F
Aldridge, W J
Allcock, H
Allcock, W H
Allen, W
Allen, F R
Allen, W O
See details for all 1424 names

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 1304
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1304
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,decorations
Order of information: surname

Component

Plaques
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Plaque
Condition: Stolen
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Unknown
Listed?: No

Component

Other structure
Condition: Lost
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Stone
Listed?: No

Component

Tablets
Condition: Lost
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Marble - French
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 9 August 1922
Attended by: FIELD MARSHAL THE EARL HAIG KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 9 August 1922
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 10 November 1971
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 10 November 1971
Attended by: Very Rev Ivan Neill

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 11 November 2003
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 11 November 2003
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

History

Jan. 1925 the marble tablets had deteriorated and were covered over.In 1971 the plaques alone were resited, and later the rededication plaque was stolen.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: Original budget was £5000, of which £3305 was for Longden's. 1925 cost of encasing marble tablets in kupron bronze £1165. Cost of relocation in 2003 £64,793.

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

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

Responsibility of

Great Central Railway Society.

Notes

Originally an open stone arcade with four Tuscan columns on each side, under a classical entablature and with solid ends bearing carved wreaths. This surrounded three French marble tablets with names of the dead in nine columns. The tablets deteriorated rapidly and were covered by kupron bronze name plaques in 1925. When the memorial was resited in 1938 the remains of the marble tablets were discarded and the name plaques were attached to wood backing. The 1971 resiting saw the name plaques alone attached to the passage wall of the Wicker Arches, with the inscription above, and a commemorative plaque below. The 2003 resiting had the name plaques placed under a canopy, and two commemorative plaques added.

Reference

War Memorials Trust WM371A http://www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=234

Reference

The National Archives RAIL 226/621

Reference

War Memorials Trust Bulletin (FOWM) Autumn 2002 p.14 Published:War Memorials Trust London

Reference

Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/i-am-the-enemy-you-killed-my-friend/

Reference

Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service 11 Nov. 2003 Photocopy.

Reference

Western Front Association Bulletin by Western Front Association 68 (Feb. 2004)

Reference

The Railway Magazine v.51 p.242 (1922); Nov. 2003 p.66

Reference

Railway Gazette 11 August 1922 p.205

Reference

Forward (Great Central Railway Society) by Great Central Railway Society No.171 p. 22 (March 2012) In 2011 it was discovered that although LCpl T N Jackson VC' s name was on the Great Central Railway memorial at Mexborough (UKNIWM 28095 )it was not on the the main company one at Sheffield, but it is hoped to rectify this.

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