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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Wirral
Town
Birkenhead
County
Merseyside
Country
England
Commemoration
Boer War; Second (1899-1902), First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Post-1945 war or conflict
Maker
HERBERT TYSON SMITH, H A CLEGG AND SONS, PROFESSOR C H REILLY, JOSEPH DAVIES OF BIRKENHEAD
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 05 July 1925
    Attended by: Lieut.-General Sir Richard H K Butler KCB KCMG - Rev. Carleton Thompson, M.A.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 05 July 1925
    Attended by: The Right Reverend Lord Bishop of Chester Dr. Paget
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1260
Current location

Opposite Town Hall
7-9
Hamilton Square
Hamilton Square Gardens
Birkenhead
Wirral
Merseyside
CH41 6AU
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 32582 88993
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Cenotaph with moulded base, frieze and name panels on longer sides and reliefs at short ends, surmounted by sarcophagus. Reliefs at shortest sides depict mourning female figures with 1) next of kin plaque 2) laurel wreath and palm branch. Above both the name and figure panel is a frieze protected by a cornice. A band of laurel wreaths is also incorporated on base mouldings. Below name panels - relief shields of the army, navy, air force and merchant navy. The civic arms of Birkenhead are embossed upon oval escutcheons above the figure panels. The dates 1914-1919 are carved below figure panels. Cenotaph originally flanked by flagstaffs to NE and SW, these were over 45ft high with metal bases resting on steps, decorated with laurel festoons, shafts originally painted orange vermillion and finials gilded. Cenotaph is surrounded by rectangular capstones, with lettering carved in black.
Inscription
Six o'clock face: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF BIRKENHEAD/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR Three o'clock face: ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN THEIR GENERATIONS/ AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES/ (Names) Base: 1939-1945 WAR/ THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE MAY BE INSPECTED IN THE TOWN HALL Capstone: THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES SINCE 1945/ WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM/ (Names) Capstone: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF WIRRAL WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE/ SOUTH AFRICAN BOER WAR 1899-1902/ (Names) Capstone: THIS MEMORIAL PLAQUE IS DEDICATED/ TO THOSE CIVILIANS, MEMBERS OF THE EMERGENCY/ AND OTHER PUBLIC SERVICES/ WHO HAVE DIED AT HOME AND ABROAD/ DURING ENEMY ACTION IN DEFENCE OF THEIR COUNTRY./ THEIR SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN/ BY THE PEOPLE OF WIRRAL. Capstone: THIS PLAQUE IS DEDICATED TO/ THE MEN WHO ENDURED SUCH HARDSHIP/ IN THE JUNGLES AND JAPANESE PRISONERS OF/ WAR CAMPS DURING WW2/ THE IMAGE DEPICTS THEIR DEPENDENCE ON/ EACH OTHER TO GET THROUGH THOSE DARK DAYS/ "When you go home,/ tell them of us and say,/ for their tomorrow,/ we gave our today."
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, J F
Acton, S
Adams, A M
Agnew, G
Ainscough, D
Aitken, A C
Alderwood, A
Alderwood, S
Aldridge, N
Allan, F W
See details for all 1510 names
Commemorations
  • Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
    Total names on memorial: 23
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 23
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initial
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1455
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1455
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, regiment
    Order of information: Surname, regiment
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 3
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, regiment
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • Post-1945 war or conflict
    Total names on memorial: 24
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 24
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initial
    Order of information: Unknown
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: depth c.5500mm, height c.9000mm, width c.6000mm
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Relief
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Green Westmorland
  • Tablets
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • Birkenhead War Memorial (including flagpoles to north and south)
  • 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
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Wirral Borough Council
Reference
  • FOR YOUR TOMORROW: BRITISH SECOND WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 145 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1995 YORK
  • Wirral News Group 7 November 2007 - War Hero's Name is Imortalised at Last - By Kevin Core
  • Wirral Globe 29 October 2003 - Still, the Day Went Well pg.27
  • Wirral Globe 29 October 2003 - A Fitting Memorial To Our Lost Generation pg.26.
  • Unveiling of the Towns War Memorials Order of Proceedings. Booklet printed by William Bros. Co. Ltd. of Chester Street Birkenhead - Available at Birkenhead Reference Library.
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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