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Memorial details

Memorial type
Pillar / Column
District
Halton
Town
Widnes
County
Cheshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Herbert Tyson Smith, Mr Harold E Davies FS ARC, Messrs Stewart Jones & Co
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 28 August 1920
    Attended by: Unknown
  • Dedicated
    Date: April 1950
    Attended by: Mayor of Widnes
  • Unveiled
    Date: 28 September 1921
    Attended by: 17th Earl of Derby
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
18286
Current location

Victoria Park
Fairfield Rd
Widnes
Halton
Cheshire
WA8 6SG
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 51472 86465
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Tall square column on collonaded plinth and broad oblong base bearing the name panels; surmounted by an urn and flame in stone Carved cross and wreath on end face of column, laurel swags carved on pedestal arms of Widnes
Inscription
12 o'clock: TO OUR/ GLORIOUS/ DEAD 1914 - 1919/ 1939 - 1945 3 o'clock: 6 oclock face: THE BLOOD OF HEROES/ IS THE SEED/ OF FREEDOM 9 o'clock face: THEIR NAME/ LIVETH FOR/ EVERMORE/ ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS/ OF THE BOROUGH OF WIDNES/ IN COMMEMORATION OF THE/ MEN OF THIS PLACE WHO MADE/ THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN/ THE GREAT WAR OF 1914 1919/ THIS FOUNDATION STONE WAS/ LAID 28TH AUGUST 1920 BY/ ALDERMAN EDWIN WOOD MAYOR
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Barnett, H
Barnett, J
Barnett, W
Barrow, A
Barrow, T
Barrow, T
Baskerville, W
Basnett, D E
Basnett, D J
Bate, T
See details for all 27 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 818
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 818
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 256
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 256
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Column
    Measurements: depth 10M, height 12.2M, width 10M
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - York
Listing information
  • War Memorial, Victoria Park
  • 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
The name panels were stolen in 1979 and replaced
Costs

Site: £17830

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Halton Borough Council
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Liverpool Echo, 21 March 2006. p13 "Funding for War Memorial". Concerning English Heritage and Wolfson Foundation funding for restoration.
  • "I Don't Want to bea Sunbeam" A Roll of Honour of the Men from Widnes, Lancashire, Who Fell in the Great War 1914-1918 and are Commemorated on the War Memorial in Victoria Park, Widnes. By HE Jones. Cenotaph Publishing, Widnes 1999

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