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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Undefined
Town
Westleigh
County
Greater Manchester
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 24/07/1920
    Attended by: WH Hewlett, Managing Director, Rev. T Billington, Joseph Parkinson JP
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
78496
Current location

St Pauls Church
Westleigh Lane
Westleigh
Greater Manchester
WN7 5NN
England

OS Grid Ref: SD 65123 02166
Denomination: Church of England

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Previous locations
  • Sovereign Pits
    West Leigh
    Wigan
    Greater Manchester
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Bronze plaque with a raised oak leaf and acorn pattern border. A Tudor rose lies each side of the title scroll above the raised inscription. The Wigan Coal and Iron Company had Plaques of similar design installed at their 19 pits and works. With additional plaque relating to this and WMR 45421
Inscription
In Memoriam/ The Names here Recorded are of/ Those Men who Worked Here/ and Who Gave Their Lives for/ Their Country in the Great War/ August 1914 to November 1918/ as well as the Names of Those/ who Obtained Military Distinctions/ in the War/ 1 & 3 Sovereign Pits / Killed/ (Names)/ Honours/ (Names) Additional Plaque: On the closing of the pits/ these tablets were removed and / placed in this church porch/ by the Wigan Coal Corporation/ to preserve the record in the Parish
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Bandy, Arthur
Bootle, E
Buckler, W
Butterworth, J
Caine, Peter
Critchley, J
Cross, John
Cullen, W
Eckersley, L
Fletcher, Jh
See details for all 34 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 34
    Served and returned: 2
    Died: 32
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename or Initial, surname, decoration
    Order of information: Forename or Initial, surname, decoration
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate
Details: Wigan Coal and Iron Company Ltd.
Reference
  • Report of the unveiling of the Westhoughton plaques by Company Officials, local Clergy, and local Councillors in the Wigan Observer for 29th July 1920

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