War Memorial History

Monument

A Committee was formed in 1921, from Councillors and members of the public, to make arrangements to provide a War Memorial in honour of the fallen of the parish. The monument was erected in 1922 at a cost of £258, which was raised by public subscription.

The War Memorial was designed by Mr Edward Tilling, son of the Clerk to Warrington Insurance Committee.  He also designed Walton War Memorial . Warrington Concrete and Plaster Company, of Liverpool Road, made the monument which consists of a massive base with column and Celtic cross, rising to a height of 22 ft.

The War Memorial was moved to its present site in December 1982.

Original Dedication Ceremony 1922 (extracts taken fron Warrington Guardian and Warrington Examiner - dated March 1922)

In a simple and impressive ceremony the Great Sankey & Penketh War Memorial was unveiled in the cemetery on Saturday, 11th March in the presence of a large and representative gathering, by Capt. Ernest E Ridgway and dedicated by the Rev. JR Jones (vicar) and assisted by Rev. JG Radford (Penketh Wesleyan minister) and Rev. GP Wallace (pastor of St John's Presbyterian Church, Warrington).

C.S.M. Molyneux commanded a detachment of ex-servicemen, the majority of whom were wearing decorations, conspicuous amongst which were the "Mons" and "Fifteen" Stars, whilst Mr Dolman conducted the Penketh Tannery Band which accompanied the musical portion of the service.

Capt. Ridgway drew away a large Union flag which had been draped over the Memorial saying "the Memorial is in everlasting and grateful memory of the men of the parish who had made the supreme sacrifice for Humanity, with a fitting epitaph for each and all "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Following the dedication ceremony Capt. Ridgway read out the names of the fallen. The hymn "For all the saints who from their labour rest" was sung, the "Last Post and "Reveille" - symbolic respectively of death and resurrection, were sounded by Corp. NB Harper of Penketh  and the service concluded with the united  singing of the National Anthem.

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