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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
Sefton
Town
Bootle
County
Merseyside
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), First World War - civilians, Korean War (1950-1953), Second World War - civilians
Maker
H A CLEGG AND SONS, M MANENTI, HERMON CAWTHRA, MR HERBERT ERNEST BULMER ARCA, BIRMINGHAM GUILD
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15 Oct 1922
    Attended by: MAJOR JAMES BURNIE MC
  • Rededicated
    Date: 3 Sep 2016
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Rededicated
    Date: 16 April 1950
    Attended by: Archdeacon of Liverpool
  • Unveiled
    Date: 16 April 1950
    Attended by: JAMES SPENCE JP
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1286
Current location

111
Stanley (or King's) Gardens
Stanley Road
Bootle
Sefton
Merseyside
L20 7DA
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 34426 94658
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Drum pedestal supporting a three-sided column around which are three free-standing servicemen (air force, army and navy) mother & baby surmounting the memorial. On the west side is a plaque commemorating the Liverpool escort force of WW2. Steps lead up to the memorial. Around the drum are 12 bronze plaques with raised inscriptions for WW1. Those who died in WW2 and later conflicts are on bronze plaques and lead lettered inscriptions on the original stone boundary plinth and around the steps leading up to the memorial. The group of heroic bronze figures represents the motherland and the future generations of the British Empire jealously guarded by the three great fighting forces, which kept our homes inviolate during the four terrible years of the greatest war. Also included in the memorial area is the 2016 centenary VC memorial stone for Private Arthur Procter of the Kings Liverpool Regiment, whose VC action was on 4th June 1916 Below the memorial, on the west side, there is also a modern early 21st century interpretation board.
Inscription
TOP OF MEMORIAL: IN MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THE/ LIVERPOOL ESCORT FORCE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ 1939-1945 FLOOR TABLETS: (NAMES) (WW1 INSCRIPTION UNKNOWN)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abrahams, E G
Ahern, J
Ainsworth, T
Aitken, C S
Alderson, T
Algeo, J
Allanson, C H
Ally, J
Ally, P
Anderson, W
See details for all 1005 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 926
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 926
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, regiment, initials of forenames
    Order of information: Alphabetically by surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 540
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 540
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, regiment
    Order of information: surname
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 81
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 81
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, regiment
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 187
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 187
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Forest Of Dean
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - York
  • Memorial
    Measurements: height 7200MM
    Materials: Unknown
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: depth 5mm, height 1010mm, width 555mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Board
    Measurements: depth 25mm, height 500mm, width 670mm
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
  • Bootle War Memorial, including flight of steps and flanking stone tablets
  • 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
2018-Listing upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*; 1994: Plan to add names for additional conflicts. Graffiti is on name tablets next to the steps; 2016-War Memorials Trust grant of £86,660 to steam clean to improve legibility of inscriptions, repoint construction joints with lime mortar, and stone indent repairs. The approach steps and base were lifted and relaid to the original design on new foundations and lead letters were repaired, also the bronze was cleaned, repaired where needed and protective wax applied, also smartwater applied. The central panel on each of the two WW2 bronze plaques is hard to read- the layout of these plaques encourages skate boarding and the like-it is asssumed that it is this kind of activity which has worn them down. On the day of the visit adverse weather was not assisting readability, it would be interesting in better conditions to see if some of the names and/or regiments are totally illegible, which was the impression gained on site visit day.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate,public
Details: Bootle Council (the forerunner to Sefton) contributed £2,000 towards the cost, the balance being by public subscription.
Responsibility
Sefton Council
Reference
  • Departments FARTHING CARDS VOL.D
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin 77-May 2018, page 10
  • Historic England Pamphlet-The Conservation, Repair and Maintenance of War Memorials-Bootle War Memorial, Merseyside Case Study (published 2017)
  • NEWS: BOOTLE TIMES; 10 NOV 1994; 17 NOV 1994; 24 NOV 1994
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin 72-February 2017-page 7

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