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Memorial details

Memorial type
Hall / Institute
District
Stockport
Town
Stockport
County
Greater Manchester
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians, Post-1945 war or conflict
Maker
GILBERT LEDWARD, Mr J Theo Halliday (Messrs Halliday, Paterson & Agate), Manchester, Messrs Daniel Eadie & Co. Ltd, Stockport
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: C 1952
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15th October 1925
    Attended by: HRH Prince Henry
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 15th September 1923
    Attended by: Mayor Alderman Charles Royle, J.P. and other dignitaries.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2794
Current location

On the corner of the A6 and Greek Street
Stockport Art Gallery
Wellington Rd South
Stockport
Stockport
Greater Manchester
SK3 8AB
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 89530 89782
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Building contains two art gallery spaces and a memorial hall on ground floor with further gallery space upstairs. Entrance to memorial hall is off main building foyer and supported by two greek marble columns with bronze capitals. Walls of Botticino marble while skirting and frieze is in green Tinos marble. Floor of Hauteville and Belgian black marble. Name tablets of white marble are mounted on the walls of the memorial hall and the semi-circular apse at the rear of hall. Sculptured group in centre of apse. Sculptured group of two figures, Britannia and a man, both life-sized, raised on a pedestal. Britannia stands at the back draped with a flag, holding a sword of honour in her right hand and laurel wreath of the victor in her left. Before her is a kneeling figure symbolic of the men who fell in the war. Victory is expressed by a serpent crushed beneath the shield at the man's feet and the great sacrifice is signified by a broken sword
Inscription
On outside steps: 1914-1918 1939-1945 On pediment: IN REMEMBRANCE Foundation stone: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF STOCKPORT WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR (1914-1918). THE FOUNDATION STONE WAS LAID ON SATURDAY, THE 15TH SEPTEMBER, 1923, BY CHARLES ROYLE, J.P., ALDERMAN, IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF HIS MAYORALTY. ON THIS SITE PREVIOUSLY STOOD THE STOCKPORT GRAMMAR SCHOOL, WHICH BUILDING WAS OPENED APRIL 30TH, 1832. THE SCHOOL HAD BEEN CARRIED ON UP TO THAT TIME IN THE PREMISES IN CHESTERGATE: IT HAVING BEEN ORIGINATED IN AN ENDOWMENT BY SIR EDMOND SHAA, IN 1487. THE BUILDING ON THIS SITE WAS VACATED ON THE ERECTION OF THE SCHOOL AT MILE END. THE SITE AND SCHOOL BUILDING WERE ACQUIRED BY SAMUEL KAY, ESQ., J.P., FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TOWN OF STOCKPORT Stone at right of entrance: THIS MEMORIAL WAS OPENED BY HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE HENRY, K.G., G.C.V.O., ON OCTOBER 15TH, 1925, HENRY PATTEN, MAYOR Hall above WW1 tablets (left): THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE Hall above WW1 tablets (behind apse): LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE THAT THEIR NAME BE NOT FORGOTTEN Hall above WW1 tablets (right) THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR Staircase to upper gallery: THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY VOLUNTARY SUBSCRIPTION TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF STOCKPORT WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918 [WW1 names on tablets in a semicircle] ROYAL NAVY & MARINES/[names]/ROYAL AIR SERVICES/[names]/CHESHIRE REGIMENT/[names]/MANCHESTER REGIMENT/[names]/THE GUARDS/[names]/LANCASHIRE REGIMENTS/[names]/SCOTTISH REGIMENTS/[names]/WELSH REGIMENTS/[names]/IRISH REGIMENTS/[names]/ROYAL ENGINEERS/[names]/ROYAL ARTILLERY/[names]/MACHINE GUN CORPS/[names]/RASC/[names]/OVERSEAS CONTINGENTS/[names]/OTHER REGIMENTS/[names]/ROYAL NAVY & MARINES/[extra names]/ROYAL AIR SERVICES/[names]/NAMES NOTIFIED AFTER MAY 1925/[names] For WW2 there is a semi-circular wall with 3 names tablets with the names in 3 columns on each headed 1939 1945- ARMY/[names; note that at the end of this list there are 4 stray RAF, 1 stray RN and 1 stray MN men]/ROYAL NAVY & ROYAL MARINES/[names]/ROYAL AIR FORCE/[names]/MERCHANT NAVY/[names]/CIVIL DEFENCE & CIVILIANS/[names] There is also a tablet to the left of the left most WW2 tablet for post WW2 casualties, which is in no order and gives only year of death, not the conflict they were engaged in- LOCAL SERVICEMEN KILLED IN/THE SERVICE OF THE CROWN/SINCE 1945/[names]
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abram, J
Abram, W H
Acton, G H
Acton, W
Acton, W
Adam, G W
Adams, A
Adams, C
Adams, F
Adams, J H
See details for all 3002 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 2164
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2164
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: service THEN surname THEN forename
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 755
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 755
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: service THEN surname THEN forename
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 29
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 29
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: service THEN surname
  • Post-1945 war or conflict
    Total names on memorial: 15
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 15
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, year of death
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: depth 915 mm, height 2440 mm, width 915 mm
    Materials: Marble - White
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: depth 915mm, height 915mm, width 2440mm
    Materials: Marble - White
  • Hall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - White
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - White
Listing information
  • WAR MEMORIAL ART GALLERY
  • 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
Costs

Memorial: £24000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Details: The Trustees of the late Mr Samuel Kay, J.P., gave the site at the junction of Wellington Road and Greek Street for the erection of the War Memorial. (The History of Stockport War Memorial and Gallery)
Reference

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