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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Allerdale
Town
Cockermouth
County
Cumbria
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
MR FRANCIS William DOYLE JONES of 2 Wentworth Studios, Manresa Road, Chelsea, London (Architect)
William Kirkpatrick Ltd, Manchester Granite & Marble Works, Trafford Park, Manchester (Sculptor)
H.H. Martyn & Co. Ltd, of Cheltenham-Bronze Founders (the figure on the top) (Founder / Foundry)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 24 Sep 1922
    Attended by: Lieut Colonel F H Ballantine-Dykes DSO
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6th November 1949
    Attended by: Major HP Senhouse, President of Cockermouth Branch of British Legion
  • Dedicated
    Date: 24 Sep 1922
    Attended by: Canon W H Parker
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
4026
Current location

former Fire Service Headquarters (used to be the Railway Station)
Station Street
Cockermouth
Allerdale
Cumbria
CA13 9PZ
England

OS Grid Ref: NY 11964 30397
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Rectangular column surmounted by a life sized bronze female figure of Justice bringing peace, with wide spreading wings and bust undraped, holding a wreath in her right hand uplifted. (This is the official description) The memorial is surrounded by flower beds and a low fence of 12 granite posts and 24 solid bronze bars. A plaque was added in 1995 stating that a service was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE Day.
Inscription
North face (6 o’clock): OUR/ GLORIOUS DEAD/ WHO DIED/ IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919 LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE/ TO IT THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN South face (12 o’clock): THEY FOUND DEATH IN THE PATH OF DUTY/ (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Allen, J
Allison, H H
Appleton, A
Atkinson, W
Barker, M G
Barnes, J
Bartle, G H
Bartle, W
Barton, B
Baxter, J
See details for all 177 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 133
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 133
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials of forename, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 44
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 44
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials of forename, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plinth
    Measurements: depth 1050mm, height 720mm, width 1520mm
    Materials: Stone - Darley Dale
  • Column
    Measurements: depth 610mm, height c3500mm, width 1250mm
    Materials: Stone - Darley Dale
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Base
    Measurements: depth 2300mm, height 100mm, width 2750mm
    Materials: Stone - Darley Dale
  • Steps
    Measurements: depth 1690mm, height 150mm, width 2140mm
    Materials: Stone - Darley Dale
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: depth 80mm, height c3500mm, width 760mm
    Materials: Stone - Darley Dale
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: depth 80mm, height 720mm, width 1070mm
    Materials: Stone - Darley Dale
  • Plaque
    Measurements: depth 55mm, height 460mm, width 610mm
    Materials: Stone - Darley Dale
  • Gate posts
    Measurements: depth 310-240mm, height 930mm, width 310-240mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Fence/ Railing
    Measurements: depth 3300mm, width 3840mm
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
History
By 1931 the stonework was severely deteriorating. After much discussion (including rebuilding in Granite or attaching bronze tablets- both of which were refused funding by Central government) it was decided in September 1932 to treat with Szerelmey stone liquid preservative, to rake out all joints and point in blue lias lime and repaint the existing lettering. The preservative was meant to have been re-applied every year in perpetuity but there is no evidence of any but the one treatment. This work cost approx £105.; November 2018 to March 2019- Statue restored at a cost of over £17,000 partly funded by a War Memorials Trust grant, as well as local fundraising c. November 2012: the memorial was cleaned and power washed by the Town Council. The Rotary Club also purchased four new flower containers. A local shop (Lakes Home Centre) was going to seasonally provide bulbs for these containers, to be planted by the Rotary Club. The new containers were unveiled on 2nd November 2012.
Costs

Site: NIL-Gifted by the Railway Company
Comments: The Memorial itself cost £1,500, preparation of the site £400, the railings cost £169/10, the balance was sundry expenses. The Subscriptions raised £2,189/9/3. The balance was handed over from the Memorial Committee to the Town Council for future maintenance. The WW2 names were added on by the munificence of Messrs Walker Brothers, Building Contractors
Memorial: £2151/7/3

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Cockermouth Town Council
Reference
  • File SUDC 1/3/438 at Whitehaven Record Office
  • 2018-2019 Restoration-www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/17238041.cockermouth-cenotaph-statue-heads-south-for-repairs/
  • Restoration of statue 2018-2019-www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/16949876.cockermouths-unstable-cenotaph-to-be-repaired/
  • Document DWM 627/10 at Whitehaven Archives, regarding the will of Private Frank Hutchinson Thwaite, innkeeper of the Old Hall Inn, Cockermouth (including the history of the Inn since 1882), 1973 1/5th Border Regiment (1 week Prior Notice must be given, to view at Carlisle, not Whitehaven)
  • Document DWM 623/4 at Whitehaven Archives, regarding the administration of the estate of Eleanor Jane Young, death certificate issued 25 June 1945
  • For full details of James Tracey Mavir, a WW2 casualty, (Name 1051796)- see Document DWM 485/46 at Whitehaven Archives- this complex family information is not available elsewhere, including on the CWGC
  • Times & Star, 9/11/2012, page 8
  • Times & Star 7/10/2016 page 6e-for the new name AC Holmes, previously on the memorial as A Cooper.
  • West Cumberland Times 19/2/1949 page 5e
  • West Cumberland Times page 1a-d 9/11/1949
  • File DWM 355C- in the collection of Waugh & Musgrave Solicitors- the Papers of the War Memorial Committe1919 to 1934 (At Whitehaven Record Office-There is huge detail in these papers

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