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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Peterborough
Town
Peterborough
County
Cambridgeshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
R. Cox (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 29 January 1921
    Attended by: Bishop of Peterborough
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
70171

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Current location

The clock projects from the second floor of the building
over Park Road.
Westgate House
Park Road
Peterborough
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 2GA
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 19143 98910
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
The surviving element of the composite memorial is a square clock that projects from the second floor of the Peterborough & District Co-operative Society's former premises at Westgate House. The clock has black Roman numerals against a white background. It was originally combined with a marble tablet, which was fixed to the wall beneath it at 1st floor level, to form the Society's World War 1 memorial. The marble tablet, which has since been lost, was ornately carved, with the Society's badge above fluted columns flanking a laurel wreath above the inscription. The tablet was supported by two carved scrolled brackets, the fixings for which can still be seen on the brickwork of the building, beneath the clock. (The same casualties were later included on a joint WW1 and WW2 plaque commissioned by the Peterborough & District Co-operative Society - see WMR reference 333).
Inscription
THE GREAT WAR/ THIS TABLET AND CLOCK/ WAS ERECTED IN PROUD MEMORY/ OF THE EMPLOYEES OF THIS/ SOCIETY WHO LAID DOWN/ THEIR LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919/ PETERBOROUGH/ (NAMES)/ MARCH/ (NAMES)/ WHITTLESEA/ (NAMES)/ STAMFORD/ (NAMES/ RAMSEY/ (NAMES)/ BOURNE/ (NAMES)/ PETERBOROUGH/ (NAMES)/ "MAY WE SEE TO IT, THAT/ THEIR NAMES ARE NOT/ FORGOTTEN"
Inscription legible?
no
Names on memorial
Askew, T
Bailey, W
Baker, C
Barham, W
Bartholomew, C
Bradshaw, F
Brown, S
Cooper, H. W.
Cropley, L
Dale, A
See details for all 31 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 31
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 31
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials and Co-operative branch at which they had formerly worked.
    Order of information: Grouped by their former branch, then listed alphabetically by surname
Components
  • Clock
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Tablet
    Measurements: height c1500, width c600
    Materials: Marble - Sicilian
Listing information
Condition
History
19/3/2020: Beales ceased trading at Westgate House. The premises now stands vacant./ 2011: the Westgate House premises was taken on lease by the company Beales/ c1964: the marble tablet was lost during a refurbishment of the Westgate House premises.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • The Peterborough and Hunts Standard dated 5/2/1921 (page 9) gave a lengthy description of the unveiling/dedication service, including photographs of the ceremony and of the marble tablet.
  • Peterborough Local History Society Newsletter April 2020 referred to the memorial and its history.

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