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Memorial details

Memorial type
Serviceman / Servicewoman
District
Crewe And Nantwich
Town
Crewe
County
Cheshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Maker
Joseph Whitehead & Sons of Westminster, Railway Staff
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 8 August 1903
    Attended by: Lord Stalbridge (Chairman of the L.&N. W. Railway Co. ), Dr Atkinson and local dignitaries
  • Dedicated
    Date: 8 August 1903
    Attended by: Lord Bishop of Chester, Major Whale and other local dignitaies
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2781
Current location

Centre of park. In front of site of pavilion which burnt down caused by arson attack in 1970.
Queens Park
Victoria Avenue
Crewe
Crewe And Nantwich
Cheshire
CW2 7SB
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 68729 55629
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Boer War soldier standing to attention with rifle and bush hat, surmounting tall Ionic capped column mounted on square moulded pedestal with pediment. North facing pediment has arms of Borough of Crewe with motto 'Never Behind', below the dates 1899 1902. Name plaques on all four faces. Two stone lions at base. Originally there was a bronze model of a railway locomotive and tender, named King Edward VII, at the base. Resting on rails supported by 19 sleepers and weighed over 2 cwt.
Inscription
1899. 1902 /(Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Barraclough, Ernest
Barraclough, Haydan
Bates, Harry
Fletcher, Zephaniah
Hanson, Charlie
Kershaw, Norman
Oddy, Willie
Petty, Edgar
Pickles, Angus
Pickles, Harry
See details for all 13 names
Commemorations
  • Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
    Total names on memorial: 469
    Served and returned: 443
    Died: 26
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, rank, regiment, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Column
    Measurements: height 9100mm
    Materials: Labrador granite and grey Aberdeen granite
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: width 4572 mm sq
    Materials: Marble - Aberdeen
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • WAR MEMORIAL IN QUEEN'S 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
Grade II listed. The model of a locomotive designed by FW Webb, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London & North Western Railway, and made by PH Lightfoot, was removed and is now used for special displays in Crewe and Nantwich.
Costs

Memorial: £1,050

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Dr. James Atkinson (President of the Memorial Fund). Organising various fundraising activities plus public subscriptions
Responsibility
Handed over after the dedication to the Mayor of Crewe.
Reference

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