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Bennett Street Memorial


Site:

On Bennett Street, Newton, in front of the George Dragon public house, surrounded by railings.

Description:

Designed by J.H. Wood, the borough surveyor and sculpted by J.J. Hirst of Denton, the memorial - a stone column - is 16ft 3ins high. The main shaft is 10ft high and 2ft square.

It is made of a solid block of the best white selected Windaway stone from Bollington - chosen for its weathering qualities.

Front:

At the top a cross, the word "Honour", and the town coat of arms.  Inscribed on the plinth is "to the glory of God and in affectionate memory of the men of Newton who gave their lives for their country and the cause of liberty in the Great War 1914-1919".

Right:

At the top a cross and, below, crossed swords and "In thanksgiving for the sacrifice of parents, wives, and relatives of the fallen for the safe return of those who have been spared".

Back:

At the top a cross and, below, wings and "Subscribed for and erected by the inhabitants of Newton".

Left:

At the top a cross and, below, an anchor and "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends".

History:

The memorial was paid for by money raised for the George and Dragon Soldier's Comfort Fund.  Originally, the plan was for a small scroll of honour, but £329 was raised, allowing for a grander scheme eventually costing £450.

It was unveiled on August 15, 1925, by Mr EWH Wood, the M.P. for Stalybridge and Hyde, in front of a crowd of 1,500 people.

Earlier a procession headed by the Chief Constable of Hyde, Mr J.W. Danby, left the town hall, accompanied by Kingston Mills Band and featuring many members of the British Legion.

After the hymn O God Our Help in Ages Past, prayers were led by Pastor Black of Muslin Street (now Talbot Road) and Daisyfield United Methodist churches. A passage from Scripture was then read by the Rev. T.E. Lee of St. Stephen's.

Speeches followed by Mr B. Winterbottom, chairman of the memorial committee, and Mr Wood M.P.

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