© WMR-2358

Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool
Town
Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool, Liverpool
County
Merseyside, Merseyside, Merseyside, Merseyside
Country
England, England, England, England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
George Herbert Tyson Smith
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15 Jun 1924
    Attended by: Mr T O'Connor MP
  • Rededicated
    Date: 8 March 2006
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2358
Current location
  • Met Quarter Shopping Centre
    Victoria Street
    Whitechapel
    Liverpool
    Liverpool
    Merseyside
    L1 6DA
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SJ 34559 90467
    Denomination: Undefined
Previous locations
  • The Conservation Centre
    Whitechapel
    Liverpool
    Liverpool
    Merseyside
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SJ 370 910
    Denomination: Undefined
  • General Post Office
    Victoria Street
    Liverpool
    Liverpool
    Merseyside
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
  • in main hall
    Post Office
    23-33 Whitechapel
    Liverpool
    Liverpool
    Merseyside
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
A statue of a woman sitting down in Greek costume, with helmet on right knee, symbolising Britain mourning her dead. Poppy held in left hand and wreath of poppies by left foot. A small winged figure of victory, holding a trumpet and palm of victory, carved on shield on right side of statue. Lion carved on left side of throne and two sphinx facing each other on the back separated by a tripod. The back corners of the chair are supported by lion's paws. Festoons decorate the base of the pedestal. The statue was originally mounted on a base with eight green slate panels inscribed with names and dedication on each side. Since it has been moved the statue now stands without the base and the panels from the base are displayed on the wall within an illuminated recess behind the statue. Inscription in gilt, lettered in Roman on sides of the pedestal.
Inscription
IN HONOUR/OF THOSE MEMBERS/OF THE LIVERPOOL/POST OFFICE STAFF/WHO FELL IN THE/GREAT WAR/1914-1918/THEY DIED FOR US: / THEY LEFT THIS BLESSED FORTUNE OF THE LIGHT / AND GAVE THEMSELVES TO DARKNESS, / TO OUR LOVE RETURNING NEVER / BUT LO PRESIDING OVER US. / LIKE STARS OVER THE NIGHT / QUIET AND LOVELY AND SUPREME / LIVES THEIR DEATH FOREVER / Lascelles Abercrombie/(Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 156
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 156
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
Listing information
Condition
History
1997 some chipping. When resited in 2006, the memorial was without its pedestal and the tablets were placed on the wall behind it.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Public Sculpture of Britain Liverpool, (1997) pp. 246-8
  • Post Office War Memorial, Statue unveiled by Mr T P O'Connor MP
  • Liverpool Echo, 18 March 1999, 'Memorial still without a home'
  • Liverpool Echo, 9 March 2006, pg.22, 'Memorial back at post office site'.
  • Re-dedication service booklet, 8 March 2006
  • Daily Post, August 16 2005, pg 10, David Charters, ' A fitting tribute to out lost heroes'
  • Liverpool Daily Post, 1 October 2005, Jessica Shaughnessy, 'War memorial to be delivered home'
  • Architectural Review Supplement, October 1927, Modern English Carvers series page 154
  • 'Photographs of War Memorials in Liverpool & District page 16-17
  • Liverpool Diocesan Review, Vol. 2 Sept 1927
  • catalogue.postalmuseum.org/collections/getrecord/GB813_Mem260

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