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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Kirklees
Town
Birstall Smithies
County
West Yorkshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
HERBERT REID (Designer)
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: Remembrance Sunday 1999
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
  • Undefined
    Date: 6th July 1952
    Attended by: Major George Hirst of Batley President of the then RBL. Dedicated by the Bishop of Wakefield Rt Rev Roger Wilson.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 25 September 1920
    Attended by: Bishop of Wakefield
  • Unveiled
    Date: 25 September 1920
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Show More (3)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
29115
Current location

Opposite St Peters Parish Church
BIRSTALL CHURCHYARD
Kirkgate
Birstall Smithies
Kirklees
West Yorkshire
WF17 9PB
England

OS Grid Ref: SE 218 262
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
THREE-STEPPED OCTAGONAL PLINTH SURMOUNTED BY PLINTH, SHAFT AND PLAIN LATIN CROSS. DEDICATORY INSCRIPTION IN BLACK LETTERING ON THE PLINTH AND NAMES AROUND THE SIDES OF THE TOP STEP. ADDITIONAL TABLET FOR WW2 PLACED ON A TABLET ON A BASE EXTENDING OUT FROM THE CROSS. SECOND TABLET WITH EXTRA NAMES PLACED IN BETWEEN THE CROSS AND THE FIRST TABLET
Inscription
PLINTH, 6 O'CLOCK FACE: SACRED TO THE HONOURED/ MEMORY OF MEN OF BIRSTALL/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR/ KING AND COUNTRY IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE PLINTH, 3, 9 AND 12 O'CLOCK FACES: (NAMES) OCTAGONAL STEP: (NAMES) TABLET ONE: ADDENDA 1914 - 1918/ (NAMES)/ ADDENDA 1939 - 1945/ (NAMES) TABLET TWO: TO THE GLORIOUS/ MEMORY OF THOSE WHO/ DIED IN THE/ 1939 - 45 WAR/ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Akeroyd, Willie
Alderson, Harry
Allott, William H
Banks, P
Barker, Arthur
Batley, Harry
Baxter, Isaac E
Baxter, James H
Baxter, Walter
Beaumont, Percy
See details for all 178 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 136
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 136
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename,decorations
    Order of information: surname,forename,decorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 37
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 37
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname,forename
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: height 3965MM
    Materials: Stone
  • Tablet
    Measurements: height C 18IN, width C 2FT
    Materials: Marble, Stone - Sandstone
Listing information
Condition
History
1952: THE CROSS WAS ORIGINALLY A CRUCIFIX BUT IT WAS BLOWN OFF IN A GALE AND REPLACED BY THE CURRENT CROSS. THE ORIGINAL CRUCIFIX IS KEPT IN BIRSTALL PARISH CHURCH 1999: ADDITIONAL NAMES FOR WW1 AND WW2 ADDED AND BASE REPOINTED
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
KIRKLEES COUNCIL AND WAKEFIELD DIOCESE

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