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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Sheffield
Town
Sheffield
County
South Yorkshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
T E Collcutt FRIBA, George Longden and Son Ltd
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 9 August 1922
    Attended by: FIELD MARSHAL THE EARL HAIG KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE
  • Rededicated
    Date: 11 November 2003
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 November 2003
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Rededicated
    Date: 10 November 1971
    Attended by: Very Rev Ivan Neill
  • Unveiled
    Date: 10 November 1971
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Dedicated
    Date: 9 August 1922
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
27674
Current location

Within a few yards of the memorial's original site.
Royal Victoria Holiday Inn
Victoria Station Rd
Sheffield
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S4 7YE
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 36021 87970
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • South east side passage.
    Wicker Arches
    Wicker Arches
    Sheffield
    Sheffield
    South Yorkshire
    S3
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SK 359 880
    Denomination: Undefined
  • Formed the eastern wall of the Booking Hall
    Sheffield Victoria Railway Station
    Sheffield
    Sheffield
    South Yorkshire
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
  • On the station forecourt
    Sheffield Victoria Railway Station
    Sheffield
    Sheffield
    South Yorkshire
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Three panels within a wooden frame and set in wall. Panels lists the ex-railway men who died in WW1. Raised lettering. A dedicatory plaque is mounted next to panels, depicts the history of the memorial and the quotation. Raised lettering in white with red background.
Inscription
Plaque: THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY WAR MEMORIAL/ THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY COMPANY ERECTED THE ORIGINAL MEMORIAL ON THIS SITE/ IN MEMORY OF 1304 RAILWAY EMPLOYEES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR/ COUNTRY IN THE 1914-18 GREAT WAR. THE UNVEILING CEREMONY ON 9TH AUGUST 1922/ BY FIELD MARSHAL EARL HAIG WITH MANY DIGNITARIES ATTENDING TOOK PLACE IN THE/ PRESENCE OF OVER 8000 PEOPLE. ALTERATIONS TO THE STATION AND HOTEL FORECOURT AREA IN 1938 SAW THE MEMORIAL/ MOVED INSIDE THE STATION-BOOKING HALL AND PRIOR TO THE DEMOLITION OF/ VICTORIA STATION. THE MEMORIAL WAS AGAIN RELOCATED IN 1971 TO BELOW THE/ WICKER ARCHES, WHERE OVER THE YEARS IN HAD BADLY DETERIORATED AND/ SUFFERED DAMAGE. THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY SOCIETY WITH THE HELP OF THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND/ AND OTHER MAJOR SPONSORS ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE/ RESTORATION OF THIS SPLENDID MEMORIAL AND BY KIND PERMISSION OF THE OWNERS/ OF THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOLIDAY INN HOTEL. TO HAVE ARRANGED ITS RETURN TO A/ SITE VERY CLOSE TO ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION. THE REDEDICATION SERVICE CONDUCTED BY THE DEAN OF SHEFFIELD TOOK PLACE ON/ ARMISTRIC DAY, 11TH NOVEMBER 2003 'At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them' Panels: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abey, C
Ackert, A
Ahrrison, R
Ainsworth, F
Aldridge, W J
Allcock, H
Allcock, W H
Allen, F R
Allen, W
Allen, W
See details for all 1424 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1304
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1304
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,decorations
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Unknown
  • Other structure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Tablets
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - French
Listing information
Condition
History
Jan. 1925 the marble tablets had deteriorated and were covered over.In 1971 the plaques alone were resited, and later the rededication plaque was stolen.
Costs

Comments: Original budget was £5000, of which £3305 was for Longden's. 1925 cost of encasing marble tablets in kupron bronze £1165. Cost of relocation in 2003 £64,793.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Great Central Railway Society.
Reference
  • War Memorials Trust WM371A www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=234
  • Forward (Great Central Railway Society) by Great Central Railway Society No.171 p. 22 (March 2012) In 2011 it was discovered that although LCpl T N Jackson VC' s name was on the Great Central Railway memorial at Mexborough (UKNIWM 28095 )it was not on the the main company one at Sheffield, but it is hoped to rectify this.
  • Railway Gazette 11 August 1922 p.205
  • The Railway Magazine v.51 p.242 (1922); Nov. 2003 p.66
  • Western Front Association Bulletin by Western Front Association 68 (Feb. 2004)
  • Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service 11 Nov. 2003 Photocopy.
  • Our Blog ukniwm.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/i-am-the-enemy-you-killed-my-friend/
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin (FOWM) Autumn 2002 p.14 Published:War Memorials Trust London
  • The National Archives RAIL 226/621

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