Remembering WW1 – The bravery of Sgt. David Jones from Liverpool

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

A memorial stone has been unveiled in honour of a Liverpool soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross during World War One for “most conspicuous bravery”.

Sgt David Jones was awarded the medal for actions at Guillemont in the Battle of the Somme on 3 September 1916.

He had held his post for two days and nights with no food or water while his platoon came under heavy gun fire.

He chose to return to action rather than return to England to receive the VC and was killed on 7 October.

His widow was presented with his medal (which now resides at the Museum of Liverpool) at Buckingham Palace by King George V.

War Memorials – Returning to my theme for 2014

1st World War Memorial in Potters Lane, Higher Walton, Lancashire

1st World War Memorial in Potters Lane, Higher Walton, Lancashire

I am still looking out for war memorials and more will follow. Here is one spotted by my old friend Roy Connell whilst he was out bike riding in deepest rural Lancashire recently.

It’s a simple but powerful memorial to this small community’s WW1 lost generation.

War memorial at Townley Hall, Burnley

During 2014 I ran a series of postings about war memorials to remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the war to end all wars.

But of course that war went on for 4 years and it was sadly not the war to end all wars.

Here is a shot taken by ace Lydiate photographer Keith Page of the grand memorial at Townley Hall in Burnley.

War Memorial Townley Hall Burnley r

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The Keith’s photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Maghull’s Great War – Bruce Hubbard presents an excellent MADCOS video

Cllr. Bruce Hubbard

Cllr. Bruce Hubbard

MADCOS (Maghull & District Cluster of Schools) have produced an excellent video about the Great War and its effects on Maghull. Local historian, battlefield tour guide and Maghull Town Councillor Bruce Hubbard presents the video which is well worth watching. Use the link above to access the youtube video.

Well done MADCOS

War Memorials – Well I did lay down a challenge………

Having said that my last posting on the First World Ward War had been done unless someone gave me another photo………… Well I have that photo, taken in the last few days by Jen Robertson, and it is a great one too:-


In the famous bombed out church at the top of Liverpool’s Bold Street – St Lukes, which I have posted about previously, this new memorial was temporarily placed. It celebrates that time on Christmas Day when opposing armies played football together in no mans land. A truly fitting end to my postings about World War One in the centenary year of the start of the Great War.

The photo is amongst those on my Flickr site at:-

Lest we forget – 1914 – 18 War


As 2014 draws to a close this may well be my last posting about war memorials 100 years since the start of World War One.

This is a shot of the truly magnificent war memorial at Port Sunlight Village on the Wirral which is close to the Lady level art Gallery.

I say my last posting on this theme; that is unless anyone sends me another photo of a war memorial…………………

The photo above is amongst those on my Flickr site at:-