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War Memorial - Audenshaw

Audenshaw War Memorial


Audenshaw War MemorialSite:

At the main entrance to Audenshaw Cemetery, Cemetery Road.

Description:

A bronze soldier on top of a square column, similar in style to the Chapel Hill memorial in Dukinfield.

The memorial stands 15ft high, and the names of the Great War are carved on four tablets of black granite. The figure was made by P.G. Bentham RBS of London, and the monument by E. Hewitt and sons of Dukinfield.

Front

In memoriam in proud and grateful memory of those who gave their lives for King and Country.

The Great war 1914-1919

Erected by the inhabitants of Audenshaw 1920.

Right

In memoriam. Their bright spirits still tenant the hearts of those who loved them.

Victory.

Back

In Memoriam they passed out of the sight of man by the path of duty and self-sacrifice.

Peace.

Left

In memoriam let those who care see to it that their names be not forgotten.

Liberty.

Four smaller tablets stand on the plinth of the memorial, recording the names of those who died in the 1939-1945 conflict.

History:

The memorial was unveiled on November 27, 1920, by Councillor W. Richardson. Some 10,000 people were present.

The procession set off Coronation Square, and was described by the reporter as the biggest ever seen in Audenshaw.

During the service, the lesson was read by the Rev. G.M. Beard (United Methodist Church), and prayers were led by the Rev. A.C. Sinclair (Vicar of Audenshaw), the Rev. W.H. Jefferies (Congregational Church) dedicated the memorial, and the Rev. W.E. Wallis (Wesleyan Church).

The Last Post was sounded after the unveiling, and Denton Band Played Abide With Me.

Austin Hopkinson, Member of Parliament for the Mossley constituency of which Audenshaw was then part, was also present.

It was noted during the unveiling ceremony that 140 Audenshaw men had died, yet 148 names are inscribed on the memorial. It was said to have cost £1,060, with another £240 still needed.

Page last updated: 5 June 2007