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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Wirral
Town
Port Sunlight
County
Merseyside
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Messrs William Kirkpatrick LTD, Sir William Goscombe John RA, A B Burton
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 3rd December 1921
    Attended by: Sergeant E.G. Eames
  • Unveiled
    Date: 03rd December 1921
    Attended by: Private Robert Edward Cruickshank V.C.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1278
Current location

At the rounabout between The Causeway
Queen Mary's Dr. and King George's Dr.
The Causeway
Port Sunlight
Wirral
Merseyside
CH62 5DZ
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 33674 84488
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Cross on octagonal podium with eleven surrounding figures and twelve relief panels. steps to north, south, east and west. Sculpture depicts the defence of the home. Freestanding figures comprise three soldiers, two women and six children. Surrounding the base there are four round-headed, high-relief panels depicting different forces in action- Red Cross (ambulance men with wounded soldiers),Land (gunners), Sea (sailors) and Air Forces. At the end of each set of steps, there are two high-relief panels with four children (two boys and two girls) offering wreath to the soldier as a sign of gratitude.
Inscription
THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE / FOR EVER AND / THEIR GLORY / SHALL NOT BE/ BLOTTED OUT South panel: THESE ARE NOT DEAD / SUCH SPIRITS NEVER DIE / ON THE ADJOINING PANELS ARE INSCRIBED / THE NAMES OF THOSE / FROM THE OFFICES AND WORKS OF / LEVER BROTHERS LIMITED / AND THEIR ASSOCIATED COMPANIES OVERSEAS / AND ALSO FROM PORT SUNLIGHT / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 1919 / (NAMES) North panel: THIS MEMORIAL / ERECTED BY LEVER BROTHERS LIMITED / AND THE COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES IN ALL / PARTS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND IN / ALLIED COUNTRIES WAS UNVEILED ON / DECEMBER 3RD 1921 BY / SERGEANT E.G. EAMES OF PORT SUNLIGHT / WHO LOST HIS SIGHT AT THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE SOMME IN FRANCE 1916 AND BY PRIVATE R.E. CRUICKSHANK OF THE LONDON / BRANCH OFFICE WHO WAS AWARDED THE / VICTORIA CROSS IN 1918 FOR CONSPICUOUS / BRAVERY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY IN PALESTINE / (NAMES) base of the plinth - south side: THE NAMES OF ALL WHO SERVED NUMBERING OVER FOUR THOUSAND AND RECORDED IS A BOOK DEPOSITED BENEATH THIS STONE AND ALSO IN SIMILAR BOOKS IN CHRIST CHURCH AND IN THE LADY LEVER ART GALLERY wall surrounding central platform: DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI / THEIR NAME SHALL REMAIN FOR EVER AND/THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT reverse of wall: TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Acton, A C
Adams, A M
Alderwood, A
Aliman, I
Allwork, W J
Ansell, C E
Ansell, H
Anyon, J
Aspinall, G
Atkinson, F J
See details for all 511 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 511
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 511
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname,decorations
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 117
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 117
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, decorations
    Order of information: Surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: height 11582.4 mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Plinth
    Measurements: height 2286 mm, width 24384 mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Relief
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • Port Sunlight War Memorial
  • Grade I
  • 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
The memorial has received a grant for its restoration in 2005 by the War memorial Trust.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate
Responsibility
Unilever
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Source: Image Library NIWM Published:LEO COOPER 1991 LONDON
  • AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 30 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

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