WW1 – A Sefton Parish family with huge losses

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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Poles the 2nd World War & Uncle Albert

This evening Sheila and I took 95 year old Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker out for a meal at the Stanley Arms in Aughton.

Charles looking back on Gibraltar (in the distance) from the cruise ship Victoria a couple of years ago. Charles was based in Gib' (RAF) during part of the WW2.

Charles looking back on Gibraltar (in the distance) from the cruise ship Victoria a couple of years ago. Charles was based in Gib’ (RAF) during part of the WW2.

Charles was an RAF electrician from 1942 during WW2 and prior to that he was a youngster in the Home Guard in Wallasey on The Wirral. His own family home was damaged by bombing and the family slept in the theatre of New Brighton Tower whilst having meals at his grandmother’s house. This went on for a number of weeks until they found a new property to move into. He worked at George Henry Lees in Liverpool in the early part of the war and was fire watching on the roof of GHL during the Blitz of Liverpool. He actually saw the incendiary bomb hit Liverpool’s famous St Lukes Church at the top of Bold Street whilst fire watching.

Unsurprisingly our conversation touched on the WW2 tonight and Charles made comment about the fact that some people are giving Poles living here a hard time when during WW2 they were fighting with us and for us. He clearly could not understand why memories are so short and was dismayed.

Sadly, today of all days, the BBC’s Andrew Marr show chose to interview French far right Leader Marine Le Pen! Would I not be right in saying that during WW2 it was the far right in France that was betraying the French resistance fighters? Have we forgotten that too?

What is going on in this Country of ours when the far right, which we fought a war against in Charles Walker’s lifetime, is treated to a TV interview on Remembrance Day? And why are we not celebrating our partnership with the French resistance and the Free Poles whom we fought alongside to beat fascism?

I am proud to know Charles Walker as he helped save this Country from fascism but I am not at all proud of how we are forgetting recent history.

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

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-37266812

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.

Liverpool – The Poppies have arrived at St George’s Hall

Tower of London Poppy r

Above is a poppy from the Tower of London display

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/poppies-liverpool-st-georges-hall-10397692

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-34747072

The BBC also has a time lapse video of the installation on its web site – see link above

The artwork installation looks great; must get to see it.

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:-

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

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

youtu.be/4jdtBQsehLQ

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