As the centenary year of the end of WW1 is about to close I decided to have a close look at the war memorial that stands on the opposite side of the road to St. Helens Church in Sefton Village:-
And here’s a shot of the plaque denoting those who fell during the Great War from Sefton Parish – Note the loss of 3 people in the Wood family:-
And then in a chance spotting within the extensive graveyard of the church I came across this grave:-
One family (the Wood’s) with 3 sons lost in consecutive years 1914, 1915 & 1916, with two other families (the Almond’s and the Wharton’s) losing 2 members – such an appalling loss of life.
We will remember them
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I went along to the still new Maghull North Station (on Merseyrail’s Northern Line to Ormskirk) today to have a look at the just installed piece of artwork which celebrates the work of the former Moss Side Hospital and its pioneering treatment of shell shock. Of course, the hospital is long gone and the new Poppy Fields Housing Estate now occupies the site.
Here are some shots of what I think is a quite striking piece of artwork which is sited adjacent to the station ticket office:-
It was unveiled by local historian and former Maghull GP Dr John Rowland who has published a number of books on the history of Maghull and Lydiate.
A fine tribute to Moss Side, its staff, doctors and indeed patients who benefited from its pioneering treatments during and after World War 1.
The 3rd photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
Modern Mersey Ferry Royal Iris but why its called Royal is in this blog posting
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above
It’s 100 years since the Mersey Ferries Iris and daffodil were involved in the Zeebrugge raid and the short Echo article is well worth reading.
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.
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.
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.
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The Keith’s photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-