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Broadbottom War Memorial

Broadbottom War MemorialSite:

Moss Lane, close to Broadbottom railway station.

Description:

A four -sided edifice, with pillars at each corner. The pillars are capped with pinnacles, and the monument is topped with a dome which bears a large cross. The memorial is surrounded by railings.

The monument’s inscriptions are borne on four marble slabs, above each of which is a small gable. The front gable bears the dates 1914 - 1918 and, between them, surrounded by what seems to be a laurel wreath, are the words "pro Patria.”

History: The memorial was unveiled on Saturday, July 1, 1922;  although it had still to be completed.

A procession of ex-servicemen, relatives of the fallen, members of the urban district council, members of the memorial committee, Broadbottom Brass band, Charlesworth Brass Band, VAD Nurses, St John Ambulance members, special constables, church members and members of the public left station yard at 2.15 pm; making its way to the memorial via market street, Bostock Road, Old Street, New Street, St Ann’s Street and the crescent.

The unveiling ceremony was presided over by Councillor P.W. Horne, chairman of the memorial committee; and began with the hymn "O God our Help in Ages Past”, after which the Rev. W.C. Campbell led prayers, and the Rev. D.J. Davies read the lesson.

Sir John Wood Bart, M.P. for Stalybridge and Hyde unveiled the memorial, and the hymn "Captain and Saviour of the host” followed. The memorial was then formally given into custody of the UDC, and Councillor J. Wagstaffe made a speech of acceptance.

The Rev. T.G. Squires led more prayers, and the ceremony closed with the hymn "Praise to our god whose Bounteous Hand”, and the National Anthem.

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