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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Bolton
Town
Bolton
County
Greater Manchester
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
MR WALTER MARSDEN
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14 July 1928
    Attended by: EARL (17TH) OF DERBY
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2051
Current location

Victoria Square
Bolton
Bolton
Greater Manchester
BL1 9TA
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 71660 09170
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Arch with flanking groups of figures representing 'Struggle' on one side and 'Sacrifice' on the other. A cross is mounted at the centre of the arch. 'Struggle' depicts a seated female figure representing Peace who tries to restrain a semi-nude young male figure who is crouched in her lap and is anxious to be released from her grip. Peace is clothed in a shawl and looks ahead as she holds the male by the upper arms. The male figure looks up to Peace as he strains for release. 'Sacrifice' depicts the seated female figure of Peace with arms outstretched as the semi-male youth lies dead across her lap. The head of the young male is tipped back over her left knee and Peace looks down into his face.
Inscription
12 O'Clock Face: TELL YE YOUR CHILDREN/ OUR BROTHERS DIED TO WIN A BETTER/ WORLD OUR PART MUST BE TO STRIVE/ FOR TRUTH GOODWILL AND PEACE THAT/ THEIR SELF-SACRIFICE BE NOT IN VAIN/ LEST WE FORGET 6 O'Clock face: 1914-1919/ 1939-1945/ IN UNDYING MEMORY OF THE MEN/ AND WOMEN OF BOLTON WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919/ 1939-1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Arch
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • BOLTON CENOTAPH
  • 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
1924: Design submitted by A J Hope, a local architect. A competition was launched to design the figurative sculpture. 1921, April: Meeting with Mayor to discuss commissioning a memorial. 1920: memorial proposed.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service 1928
  • The Glorious Dead: Figurative Sculpture of British First World War Memorials by Geoff Archer p53
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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