United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

PORT SUNLIGHT AND LEVER BROTHERS LTD EMPLOYEES

Our Ref: 1278

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Address

THE CAUSEWAY
PORT SUNLIGHT
MERSEYSIDE
England
 
Type: Composite
Other Location Details:

QUEEN MARY DRIVE AND KING GEORGE DRIVE GREEN

OS Map Ref: SJ 330 840

Inscription

THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE / FOR EVER AND / THEIR GLORY / SHALL NOT BE/ BLOTTED OUT

SOUTH PANEL: THESE ARE NOT DEAD / SUCH SPIRITS NEVER DIE / ON THE ADJOINING PANELS ARE INSCRIBED / THE NAMES OF THOSE / FROM THE OFFICES AND WORKS OF / LEVER BROTHERS LIMITED / AND THEIR ASSOCIATED COMPANIES OVERSEAS / AND ALSO FROM PORT SUNLIGHT / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 1919 / (NAMES)

NORTH PANEL: THIS MEMORIAL / ERECTED BY LEVER BROTHERS LIMITED / AND THE COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES IN ALL / PARTS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND IN / ALLIED COUNTRIES WAS UNVEILED ON / DECEMBER 3RD 1921 BY / SERGEANT E.G. EAMES OF PORT SUNLIGHT / WHO LOST HIS SIGHT AT THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE SOMME IN FRANCE 1916 AND BY PRIVATE R.E. CRUICKSHANK OF THE LONDON / BRANCH OFFICE WHO WAS AWARDED THE / VICTORIA CROSS IN 1918 FOR CONSPICUOUS / BRAVERY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY IN PALESTINE / (NAMES)

BASE OF PLINTH - SOUTH SIDE: THE NAMES OF ALL WHO SERVED NUMBERING OVER FOUR THOUSAND AND RECORDED IS A BOOK DEPOSITED BENEATH THIS STONE AND ALSO IN SIMILAR BOOKS IN CHRIST CHURCH AND IN THE LADY LEVER ART GALLERY

WALL SURROUNDING CENTRAL PLATFORM: DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI / THEIR NAME SHALL REMAIN FOR EVER AND/THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT

REVERSE OF WALL: TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
CROSS GRANITE 38FT     Good
PLINTH GRANITE 7FT 6IN 80FT   Good
RELIEF BRONZE       Good
FIGURES BRONZE       Good

Physical Description

CELTIC CROSS WITH CHAMFERED SHAFT ON OCTAGONAL PODIUM WITH ELEVEN SURROUNDING FIGURES AND TWELVE RELIEF PANELS. STEPS TO NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST.

SCULPTURE DEPICTS DEFENCE OF THE HOME. FREE STANDING FIGURES COMPRISE THREE SOLDIERS, TWO WOMEN AND SIX CHILDREN, FOUR ROUND-HEADED PANELS HAVE RELIEFS DEPICTING DIFFERENT SERVICES - AMBULANCE MEN WITH WOUNDED SOLDIERS, GUNNERS, SAILORS AND ANTI-AIRCRAFT.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 511
Served & Returned 0
Died 511
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, decorations
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? Yes
War Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 117
Served & Returned 0
Died 117
Is this an exact count? Not known
How are the names ordered? surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, decorations
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? Yes

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read? No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

UNILEVER

Maintenance History:

GRANT APPLICATION (1/04).

Was designed by W Goscombe John and completed in 1921

Ceremonies

Date: 3RD DECEMBER 1921
RolePerformed By
Unveiling SERGEANT E.G. EAMES
Date: 03RD DECEMBER 1921
RolePerformed By
Unveiling PRIVATE ROBERT EDWARD CRUICKSHANK

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Corporate
Did this include a trust or scholarship? No
Did this include a roll of honour? BOOK
If so, where is it?

Three Copies:

Cost of Site: Not known
Cost of Memorial: Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
MESSRS WILLIAM KIRKPATRICK LTD Builder
SIR WILLIAM GOSCOMBE JOHN Artist
A B Burton Founder/Foundry

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

A FRAMED CERTIFICATE WAS AWARDED TO EACH EMPLOYEE AND REPORTED IN HOUSE MAGAZINE "PROGRESS" VOL. 17 NO. 132. COPY IN FILE.

Over 4000 employees of Lever Brothers served and over 500 war dead are commemorated on the memorial.

GOLD WATCHES PRESENTED TO EMPLOYEES WHO WERE DECORATED (PROGRESS VOL. 20 JANUARY 1920)

The original maquettes were discovered at Lady Lever Gallery and taken to the conservation centre in Liverpool where some of them have been placed on display.

BOOK: GOLDEN BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE (REF: 1L POR P, CHESHIRE COUNTY RECORD OFFICE)

Comments:  
Photographs: 50
Other Documents: LISTING DESCRIPTION
Form / Letter: F
Negatives: Yes
Drawings / Plans: No
Minutes: No
Publications: 3
Postcards: 1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS BOORMAN, DEREK 1988 30  
WAR MEMORIALS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT BORG, ALAN 1991    
Port Sunlight War Memorial Holbrook Jackson 1921    
OrganisationIdWebsite
Carter Postcard Collection