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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Wirral
Town
West Kirby
County
Merseyside
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), VC or GC Recipients, Korean War (1950-1953), Cyprus Emergency (1955-1959), Iraq War (2003-2011), Afghanistan (2001-2014)
Maker
MESSRS HALL AND GLOVER, CHARLES SARGEANT JAGGER, A B Burton
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 16 Dec 1922
    Attended by: Earl of Birkenhead
  • Unveiled
    Date: 22 October 1949
    Attended by: The Right Honourable Vicount Leverhulme Lord Lieutenant of the County of Chester - Dr. D.H. Crick Bishop of Chester -Rev. Canon E. F. Robson -m Councillor T.H. King J.P.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1273
Current location

Set in rough scrubland on a hilltop site.
Grange Hill
West Kirby
Wirral
Merseyside
CH48 4ES
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 21901 87143
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Obelisk of Cornish granite with bronze figure of a soldier in full battle order on east side and on west side a hooded, robed female figure representing humanity with broken chains and holding a wreath on the other.
Inscription
AROUND FOUR SIDES: WHO STANDS IF FREEDOM FALLS/ WHO DIES IF ENGLAND LIVES BASE (EAST): IN GRATITUDE TO GOD AND/ TO THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM/ THESE PARTS WHO LAID DOWN/ THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919 1939 - 1945/ THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US/ BOTH BY NIGHT AND BY DAY BASE (WEST): AT THE CALL AND KING AND COUNTRY THEY LEFT ALL/ THAT WAS DEAR TO THEM, ENDURED HARDNESS, FACED DANGER/ AND FINALLY PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF MEN BY THE/ PATH OF DUTY AND SELF SACRIFICE GIVING UP THEIR/ OWN LIVES THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM/ LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT/ THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN REMEMBERING THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN/ THEIR LIVES SINCE WORLD WAR II/ (name) (IRAQ 2003) (name) (KOREA 1950) (name) (CYPRUS 19590/ (name/ AFGHANISTAN 2008
Inscription legible?
no
Names on memorial
Allen, George W
Anderson, Graham
Andrews, William J
Apsimon, Arthur T
Ashby, John F
Atherton, Francis W
Atkinson, Harold
Atkinson, Walter
Baker, Thomas B
Banks, Arthur
See details for all 334 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 334
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 334
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,regiment,forename,decorations
    Order of information: surname,forename,regiment,decorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 251
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 251
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname,forename
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: Undefined
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died,forename
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Cyprus Emergency (1955-1959)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Iraq War (2003-2011)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died,forename
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Afghanistan (2001-2014)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died,forename
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: depth 4900MM, height 13650MM, width 10030MM
    Materials: Granite
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • HOYLAKE AND WEST KIRBY WAR MEMORIAL
  • 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
NUMEROUS LETTERS ERODED OR VANDALISED (1988, 1995) c Oct. 2009 Afghanistan casualty added
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
WIRRAL DISTRICT COUNCIL
Reference
  • CHARLES SARGEANT JAGGER. WAR AND PEACE SCULPTURE by COMPTON, ANN 63-67 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM 1985 LONDON
  • Liverpool Daily Post 4 November 2009 - 'Memorial mark of honour for fallen Trooper'
  • Hoylake & District Remberance Day Service Committee - booklet published November 1979
  • Hoylake & West Kirby Advertiser 22 December 1922
  • A Century of Remembrance by Derek Boorman
  • Wirral Globe 7 November 2007 - 'REMEMBER THEM' by Carol Emmas
  • Wirral Globe 22 June 2011 - 'Honouring our Heroes' by Geoff Barnes
  • Wirral Journal Vol.8 Autumn1996-1997 pg.s 17-20 ex. Bebington Library.
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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