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Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
Bradford
Town
Thornton
County
West Yorkshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Egypt and the Suez Crisis (1951-1956)
Maker
Harold Brownsword (Architect)
A B Burton (Founder / Foundry)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 30th September 1922
    Attended by: The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Thomas Blythe, presided and Mr Alfred Farrar, chairman of the Memorial Committee, unveiled the monument: the dedicatory prayer was offered by the vicar, Reverend AH Tollit.
  • Rededicated
    Date: 20th May 1951
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
28518
Current location

Thornton Cemetery
Thornton Road (B6145)
Thornton
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD13 3QB
England

OS Grid Ref: SE 08866 32861
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Figure of Victory with head bowed and arms outstretched, holiding wreath in each hand. On square plinth and two-stepped base. On east face the date 1918 within a wreath. The east and west sides of the pylon are stepped forward in the form of a broad Latin cross. To the west a bronze wreath encircles the date 1914, with a rectangular bronze panel below listing commemorated names. A bronze panel to the rear of the pylon, and a small bronze panel on the rear of the base, list more commemorated names. To the east, a precisely similar wreath encircles the date 1918 with another bronze name panel below. The memorial is enclosed by a low octagonal kerb defining a flower bed.
Inscription
6 o'clock face: IN MEMORY / OF OUR / HEROIC DEAD / 1914 / 1918 / ERECTED BY / THE PEOPLE OF THORNTON / UNVEILED AND DEDICATED / SEPTEMBER 30TH 1922. 9 o'clock face: 1914 (Names) 12 o'clock face: (Names) 3 o'clock face: 1918 / (Names) / THE SECOND WORLD / 1939 (Names) 1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Alston, Robert
Ambler, Alfred
Appleyard, Ben
Armstrong, Harry
Ashcroft, George E
Barker, Clarence O
Bates, Francis
Battersby, John
Beecroft, Edmund R
Beetham, George
See details for all 186 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 144
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 153
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname.
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname.
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 32
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 32
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname.
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname.
  • Egypt and the Suez Crisis (1951-1956)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname.
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plinth
    Measurements: depth 1170MM, height 3060MM, width 1170MM
    Materials: Stone
  • Figure
    Measurements: height 2690MM
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • Thornton War Memorial
  • 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
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
City of Bradford
Reference
  • AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 99 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK
  • Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service 20th May 1951 Photocopy
  • Bradford Weekly Telegraph 3 and 5 / 6 OCT 1922

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