Droylsden War Memorial
On an island in the road, close to Droylsden Cemetery, where Ashdale Crescent meets the Quadrant.
Droylsden war memorial is tall, triangular edifice, standing on a three-sided base. It is about 20ft to 25ft high and, at the top of each side, there is a cross: with vertical slits beneath the arms of the cross.
Carved into the base are Remembrance, 1914, and 1918. Following the second world war, 1939-45 was added.
The memorial was unveiled on January 15, 1921. a procession left Fairfield Square headed by Droylsden Military Band. Following on were members of the war memorial committee, councillors, relatives of the dead, and Droylsden Brass Band.
The Boys Brigade brought up the rear. The Mayor of Salford, Councillor Hampson, was also present.
According to the Reporter: "a beautiful ivy-coloured wreath was carried in memory of fallen comrades.”
Proceedings began with O God our help in ages past and Recessional; and those present then sang the National Anthem, complete with an extra verse written Councillor James Docker.
The Congregational Minister, the Rev. W. McNeil, read the lesson; and prayers were led by the Rector of Droylsden, the Rev. T. Dillow. The memorial was unveiled by Councillor W.T. Howarth J.P., and Councillor Haughton J.P. presented it to Droylsden urban district council. The benediction given by the Rev. S.L. Connor.
Proceedings closed with Droylsden Military Band playing Abide with Me, after which the last post was sounded.
Councillor Stopford, chairman of the war committee, noted that no names had been carved on the cenotaph as it was felt that there were too many, and there was a worry that some might be missed out. He added that the memorial had been placed in the middle of the road because it would look good when the surrounding area was developed for housing.
Interestingly, and in contrast to the other towns of Tameside, there was some difficulty in raising sufficient funds for the memorial. Mr R. Hadfield the treasurer, noted that the total cost of the memorial could be as high as £1,900 leaving the fund with a shortfall of around £700.
A significant number of people had felt there was no point in having a memorial, saying its construction was based purely on sentiment.