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Memorial details

Memorial type
Pillar / Column
District
West Lancashire
Town
Halsall
County
Lancashire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
3401
Current location

In the square in front of the Parish Church
at the junction of the A5147 (Halsall Road) and Summerwood Lane
Halsall Rd
Halsall
West Lancashire
Lancashire
L39 8RG
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 36988 10255
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Five stepped base surmounted by plinth and decorated stone crucifix on top of pillar. Separate name tablets set at the base with inscription in black lettering. Stone posts on the base step with chain links between. A third tablet with additional names from WW1 was added in 2010. Early photographs show that the protective stone posts around the base of the memorial plinth were added in the 1920s, and that the raised stone base they were set upon has had a new layer added - and the posts themselves replaced with new ones. In one very early photograph, showing the memorial shrouded in the Union flag - perhaps awaiting its unveiling and dedication - there does not appear to be a tablet bearing the inscribed names. (See References)
Inscription
Base, upper: THIS CROSS HAS BEEN SET UP ON THE ANCIENT BASE BY THE HALSALL PARISHIONERS IN MEMORY OF THEIR KINSMEN WHO FELL FOR KING AND COUNTRY 1914-1919 THEIR NAMES ARE INSCRIBED BELOW/ Base, lower: WE ALSO REMEMBER BEFORE/ GOD THOSE WHO FELL/ 1939-1945 Tablet: 1914 - 1918/ (Names) Tablet: 1914 - 1918/ (Names) Tablet: 1939 - 1945 / (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Bretherton, David
Brooks, Wilfred
Charles, George
Cheetham, James
Culshaw, Edward
Culshaw, John
Fletcher, Thomas
German, William
Gibbons, Richard
Gibbons, Richard C
See details for all 44 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 34
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 34
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, Christian Name, Surname, Unit
    Order of information: Rank, Christian Name, Surname, Unit
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 10
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 10
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, Christian Name, Surname, Unit
    Order of information: Rank, Christian Name, Surname, Unit
Components
  • Crucifix
    Measurements: depth C 1700MM, height C 8000MM, width C 1700MM
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • 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
History
2012: one of the original tablets is becoming difficult to read. 2010: a third tablet was added with eleven additional names for the First World War. 2009: repointed and cleaned, new chains added. Funding received from War Memorials Trust. 2019: All tablets legible
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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