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.

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

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Maghull – A First World War memorial with a difference

I often sing the praises of the Maghull in Bloom volunteers but stay with me as this is a different angle.

You see with 2014 being the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 the volunteers ran a competition amongst local schools and young people to design new WW1 memorial posters to go on the planters in Maghull’s Central Square Shopping Centre.

There are quite a few to see but here are a couple that I took photo’s of recently and they fit nicely with the theme of this blog site in 2014. Well done to all the youngsters who took part:-

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A War Poem for Wednesday 6th August – 2 days after war was declared in 1914

For a survivor of the Mesopotamian campaign by Elizabeth Daryush (1933)

War’s wasted era is a desert shore,

As know those who have passed there, a place

Where, within sound of swoll’n destruction’s roar,

Wheel the wild vultures, lust and terror base;


Where, making ready for them, stalk the grim


Barbarian forms, hunger, disease and pain,

Who, slashing all life’s beauty limb from limb,

Crush it as folly on the stony plain.

The location of this war memorial is unknown but it is quite magnificent. If you recognise it please let me know where it is. Credit Jen Robertson

The location of this war memorial is unknown but it is quite magnificent. If you recognise it please let me know where it is. Credit Jen Robertson

A desert: those too who, as thou, have been

Followers of war’s angel, Sacrifice,

(Stern striders to beyond brute torment’s scene,


Soarers above the swerves of fear and vice)


Know that the lightning of his ghostly gaze

Has wrecked for them for ever earth’s small ways.

A War poem

Back by Wilfred Gibson (1915)

They ask me where I’ve been,

And what I’ve done and seen.

But what can I reply

Who know it wasn’t I,

But someone just like me,

Who went across the sea

And with my head and hands

Killed men in foreign lands…

Though I must bear the blame,

Because he bore my name.

This War Memorial is in Carnforth, Lancashire - Credit Jen Robertson

This War Memorial is in Carnforth, Lancashire – Credit Jen Robertson

With thanks to the LGiU

Halsall War Memorial

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Another in my series of tributes in the 100th year since the start of WW1.

This memorial is on the busy main road, outside Halsall Parish Church, from Maghull to Southport and will be seen by many motorists each day.

Around it are 3 plaques with the names of Halsall people who fell in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. The sobering fact is that many more fell in WW1 than in WW2 as 2 of the 3 plaques cover the dead of the Great War.

This photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Bury War Memorial

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100 years since the outbreak of the 1st World War. Another of my themed postings.

In the centre of Bury next to the Parish Church and only yards away from Bury Bolton Street Station of the East Lancashire Railway.

A grand war memorial indeed.