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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Ellesmere Port
Town
Willaston In Wirral
County
Cheshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
MR RONALD C ASHWORTH, Griffiths, Mr Roberts
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 27 February 1921
    Attended by: LIEUT GENERAL SIR H DE BEAUVOIR DE LISLE KCB KCMG DSO
  • Dedicated
    Date: 27 February 1921
    Attended by: REV W FRANCIS
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
9946
Current location

In churchyard
Christ Church
Neston Road
Willaston In Wirral
Ellesmere Port
Cheshire
CH64 2TD
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 32857 77767
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Buttressed cross on four-sided domed structure on a three-stepped base. Diamond pattern at upper portion of each of four sides. Two plaques mounted on 6 and 3 o'clock faces bear inscriptions and names. Probably placed on the former position of WMR 80874
Inscription
Plaque: IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF/ THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES FOR THEIR KING &/ COUNTRY DURING THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-1919/ THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOR EVER/ (Names) Plaque: IN/ SACRED MEMORY OF/ (Names)/ WHO FELL IN THE WAR/ 1939-1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Argyle, R
Arrowsmith, J
Bates, E P
Clayton, K P
Clonsddale, J R
Cottrell, A
Cromwell, T L
Crossley, F
Dawson, G M
Dickinson, J
See details for all 43 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 34
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 34
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 9
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 9
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone - Storeton
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plinth
    Measurements: depth 1950mm, height 4600mm, width 1950mm
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
Listing information
Condition
History
2011, December: Man jailed, following an attempt to sell them. The scrap metal dealer noted the inscription on the plaque and reported the crime, but neither plaque was recovered. 2011:c July 30: Bronze plaques stolen (WW1 and WW2). 1980s: Cleaned and repointed.
Costs

Comments: Amount subscribed, actual cost unknown.
Memorial: £1130

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Borough Council
Reference
  • Liverpool Echo 9 December 2011
  • Daily Mail 16 December 2011 - Jailed, Burglar who tried to sell war plaque as scrap - Auth. Liz Hull and Jaya Narain
  • Daily Express 10 December 2011 - Jail Threat to Man Selling War Plaque - pg.29
  • Daily Mail 31 Oct. 2011 Colour photo of memorial from which the plaques were stolen
  • Daily Express 5 / 5th Nov 2011; 10Dec. 2011 p.29 School children recreate plaques to replace stolen ones.
  • Birkenhead Advertiser 5 March 1921 Account of unveiling ceremony.
  • Birkenhead News 5 March 1921 Account of unveiling ceremony.
  • Cheshire Observer 5 March 1921 Account of unveiling ceremony.
  • Wirral News 3 August 2011 Theft of plaques

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