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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Sefton
Town
Southport
County
Merseyside
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Aden Emergency (1963-1967), Cyprus Emergency (1955-1959), Iraq War (2003-2011)
Maker
Herbert Tyson Smith, Messrs Grayson and Barnish Friba, W M Moss Ariba
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 18th November 1923
    Attended by: Earl of Derby, Mayor of Southport, Children of Fallen Heroes
  • Rededicated
    Date: 7th June 1992
    Attended by: Lord Lieutenant of Mersyside
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1228
Current location

3080
London Square Memorial Garden
London Square
Southport
Sefton
Merseyside
PR8 1AB
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 33706 17379
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Extremely complex memorial. Central obelisk flanked by two collonades . Each collonade has a small Chapel on each end making four Chapels in all. Most names are on the walls of these Chapels although some additions have been carved on small circular pedestals within them. WW2 names on additional panels added to the inside of the collonade (1992) the entire memorial is set in a memorial garden with two fountains. West face of Northern collonade: Relief panel of Britannia at rest with trailing sword in her right hand, holding a small winged victory in her left hand West face of Southern collonade: Relief of Britannia in mourning, laying a wreath over a Greek helmet with a standard behind her inscribed \"Patria\" East face of Northern collonade and Southern collonades: crossed wreathes and torches above inscription
Inscription
3 o'clock face of north colonnade: TELL BRITAIN YE WHO MARK THIS MONUMENT 9 o'clock face of southern colonnade: FAITHFUL TO HER WE FELL AND REST CONTENT 3 o'clock face of southern colonnade: TO FAMOUS MEN ALL EARTH IS SEPULCHRE 9 o'clock face of northern colonnade: THEIR PORTION IS WITH THE ETERNAL 12 o'clock face of northern colonnade: THEY DIED/ THAT WE MIGHT LIVE/ WE LIVE/ ONLY AS WE/ SAFEGUARD THE IDEAS FOR WHICH THEY DIED/ FREEDOM JUSTICE MERCY/ SO LET US LIVE/ THAT WE MAY SHARE/ WITH THEM THE LIFE/ ETERNAL 12 o'clock face of northern colonnade: REMEMBER/ THAT THE MEN/ WHOSE NAMES/ LIVE ON THESE WALLS/ DIED/ IN YOUTH OR PRIME/ THAT FUTURE GENERATIONS/ MIGHT INHERIT/ A HAPPIER WORLD/ AND A HUMAN SOCIETY/ MORE RIGHTEOUS/ AND MORE LOVING/ THAN THESE BRAVE MEN/ AND THEIR GENERATION KNEW Addition 2003: IRAQ 2003/ ROYAL MILITARY POLICE/ THE KING\'S MANCHESTER/REGT./ (Name) In the chapels South East chapel: MESSINES RIDGE; PASCHENDAELE; NEUVE CHAPELLE; LOOS; FESTUBERT; YPRES/ (Names)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH South West chapel: AISNE; SOMME; MARNE; FORET DE MORVEL; MONS; ARRAS/ (Names)/ ALL THAT THEY HAD THEY GAVE/ North West chapel: CAMBRAI; LE CATEAU; R. SELLE/ HINDENBURG LINE; SALONIKA; VIMY RIDGE/(Names) / FOR THE SACRED CAUSE OF JUSTICE North East chapel: FALKLAND (SIC); PALESTINE; ZEBRUGGE; JUTLAND; MESOPOTAMIA; GALLIPOLI/ ON THE DECK OF FAME THEY DIED Obelisk 6 o'clock face: LOOK/ UPWARD/ STANDING/ MUTE/ SALUTE Obelisk 12 o'clock face: (Southport coat of arms) SALUS POPULI Obelisk 3 o'clock face: TO THE/ MEN AND WOMEN/ OF THIS COUNTY BOROUGH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR/ THE LIBERTY OF THE WORLD/ THE SECURITY OF THIS REALM/ IN THE WORLD WAR/ 1939 - 1945/ THEIR NAMES ARE RECORDED IN/ THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE/ WHICH LIES NEARBY IN THE KEEPING OF/ CHRIST/ CHURCH
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, J
Abraham, H
Abraham, L
Abram, R
Abram, R P
Ackers, P
Ackroyd, H
Adams, L K
Ainscough, T
Aldred, F
See details for all 1135 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1273
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1273
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initial, rank
    Order of information: Regiment then surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 549
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 549
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initial, rank, regiment
    Order of information: Regiment, surname
  • Aden Emergency (1963-1967)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Cyprus Emergency (1955-1959)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Iraq War (2003-2011)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initial, rank
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: depth 3650 mm, height 21000 mm, width 3650 mm
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Colonnade
    Measurements: depth 4900 mm, height 5540 mm, width 24600 mm
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Garden
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • WAR MEMORIAL OBELISK, NORTH-EAST COLONNADE, SOUTH-WEST COLONNADE, POOLS OF REMEMBRANCE AND MEMORIAL GARDEN WALLS, AND CAST-IRON LAMP STANDARDS
  • 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
2010: Upgraded to Grade II listed. February 2008: The memorial was undergoing extensive cleaning and refurbishment as part of a £4M project to improve Lord St.
Costs

Site: £31,849

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Reference
  • At the going down of the sun: British First Wolrd War Memorials by Boorman, Derek page 142 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:Sessions 1988 YORK
  • Book of Rememberance - Unveiling of the War Memorials
  • Southport War Memorial, The Roll of Honour, (Book in southport library)
  • Daily Mail 17/9/91 'Old soldiers win last battle to honour war dead', Stephan Oldfield
  • The Wren, 'Town Honours WWII Fallen', Melita Sephton
  • Honour for fallen Iraq Hero. Major's name on memorial by Mike Hornby
  • The Daily Telegraph, Friday 12 November 2004, 'The Thames runs red as Britain remembers', Caroline Davies
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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