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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
Liverpool
Town
Liverpool
County
Merseyside
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War - civilians
Maker
TOM MURPHY
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 7th July 2000
    Attended by: HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
52666
Current location

Old churchyard
20
Our Lady and St Nicholas Church
Chapel Street
Liverpool
Liverpool
Merseyside
L2 8TZ
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 33959 90498
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Bronze casting of a spiral staircase with woman holding baby and her older son standing on the the upper part of the staircase holding a toy plane. The Scupltor envisaged the Mother clutching her child while encouraging the son to come back down the stairs to a safer place. The boy is lost in the excitment of war. The staircase, shrinking as it rises, symbolises diminishing options for the family group and also depiscts the way bombs spiral as they fall. Each stair has jagged edges symbolising the effects of glass shards. Finally, the aeroplane model held by the boy is symbolic as an instrument ofdestruction or as a Cross of Remembrance to all those who died in the Blitz.
Inscription
IN LOVING MEMORY/ OF THE CITIZENS OF LIVERPOOL AND BOOTLE/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE BLITZ OF 1940-42./ THIS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED BY/ HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH KG KT/ 7TH JULY 2000
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: Undefined
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Memorial: C £75,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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