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Hurst War Memorial


Hurst War MemorialSite:

Inside Hurst Cemetery, by the Kings Road entrance.

Description:

A Gaelic cross, 18ft high, standing on plinth, dye by three bases. A small flowerbed surrounds the bottom base, and access is gained by climbing two small steps.

The plinth has four sides, each bearing a cast bronze panel with names from the Great War. There are 185 names in all, and the panel also bears the inscription: "To the glory of God and in the loving memory of the men of Hurst who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War, 1914-1919.”

Made of Peterhead Red Granite, the memorial was erected by John Knott and Sons of Ashton at a cost of more than £1,000.

History:

The monument was unveiled by the M.P. for Ashton, Sir Walter de Frece, on January 15, 1921, in front of a crowd of nearly 5,000 people.

Marshalled by superintendent Proffitt and Mr S. Shirt, the procession made its way from nearby recreation ground led by the Band of the Manchester Regiment. Large in size, the procession featured schoolchildren, the churches, ex – servicemen, Hurst Military Band, and relatives of the dead.

The ceremony began with "O God Our Help in Ages Past”, and the rev. H. Hawley then read from the 46th Psalm before taking prayers.

Alderman J.W. Kenworthy, chairman of the memorial committee gave a speech, followed by Sir Walter de Frece.

Councillor Daniel Hall, chairman of Hurst UDC laid the first wreath, on behalf of the inhabitants of Hurst, and proceedings closed with the Benediction, Beethoven’s Dead March, the last Post and the National Anthem.

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