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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
Oldham
Town
Oldham
County
Greater Manchester
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
ALBERT TOFT, MR THOMAS TAYLOR
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 28th April 1923
    Attended by: Gen Sir Ian Hamilton GCB GCMG DSO
  • Dedicated
    Date: 28th April 1923
    Attended by: Bishop of Manchester
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
10
Current location

On the edge of Greaves Arms Car Park.
St Mary's Church
Ashton Arms
Oldham
Oldham
Greater Manchester
OL1 3AT
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 92727 05068
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
A pyramidal group of soldiers in trench scene surmounting square plinth with panelled doors. Dedication and names are inscribed in relief on bronze plaques mounted on the churchyard wall. There is a recess in the plinth with a glass front, containing a mechanical Roll of Honour.
Inscription
DEATH IS THE GATE OF LIFE/ 1914-1918/ TO GOD BE THE PRAISE/ 1939-1945/ THESE TABLETS WERE ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF OLDHAM AS A LASTING MEMORIAL TO THEIR FELLOW TOWNSMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR ANNO DOMINI 1914-1918/ (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 2688
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2688
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, decorations.
    Order of information: Surname.
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 200
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 200
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, decorations.
    Order of information: Surname.
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plinth
    Measurements: depth 2590mm, height 3048mm, width 3048mm
    Materials: Granite - Polished
  • Door
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • Oldham War Memorial, including memorial wall, piers, gates and steps to St Mary’s churchyard and forecourt walls, steps and balustrade (south side), and railings to St Mary's Churchyard (west side).
  • Grade II*
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
2013: Council and RBL propossing refurbishment works to all components of the memorial, as well as commissioning moulds of the plaques. c1950s: The memorial originally had two sets of bronze doors. One of these sets was removed to create a recess for the placement of a mechanised Roll of Honour.
Costs

Comments: The project cost for the memorial was £93,816. 97. In 2012 the Memorial needed to be refurbished. In 2011 the Local Authority of Oldham pledged £50,000. This combined with the War Memorials Trust's financial contribution of £30,000 in 2012 was used to refurbish the memorial.
Memorial: £93,816.97

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Oldham Council
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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