United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

BURNLEY

Our Ref: 2050

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Address

TOWNELEY PARK
BURNLEY
LANCASHIRE
England
 
Type: Composite
OS Map Ref: SD 855 305

Inscription

(FRONT FACE): THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF BURNLEY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT/ WAR 1914-1918./ MAKE THEM TO BE NUMBERED WITH THY SAINTS/ IN GLORY EVERLASTING/ THIS MONUMENT STANDS ALSO IN HONOUR OF THSE WHO DIED FOR OUR FREEDOM 1939-1945

(REAR FACE): THE SUM NECESSARY FOR THE ERECTION OF THIS/ MEMORIAL WAS BEQUEATHED BY CALEB THORNBER JP,/ A FORMER MAYOR AND ALDERMAN OF THIS/ BOROUGH, TO ENSURE THAT THE SACRIFICE COM/ -MEMORATED SHOULD EVER BE HELD IN GRATEFUL/ REMEMBRANCE. THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE/ WAS PROVIDED BY THE TOWNSPEOPLE OF BURNLEY.

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
Cenotaph STONE - PORTLAND 6000MM     Good
FIGURES BRONZE 2400MM     Good

Physical Description

CENOTAPH WHICH MERGES INTO CARVED BUSTS OF SOLDIER, AIRMAN AND SAILOR FLANKED AT GROUND LEVEL BY FEMALE FIGURES REPRESENTING A MOTHER AND SISTER OR WIFE. MOTHER LAYS A WREATH AND IS NEXT TO A ROSEMARY BUSH FOR REMEMBRANCE AND A CRICKET BAT AND BALL REPRESENTING CHILDHOOD. SISTER OR WIFE CARRIES GARLANDS AND LOOKS UP AT THE FIGURES.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No
War Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No

Maintenance

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

Maintenance History:

2008: Overgrown trees removed, stonework cleaned, pond restored, paving relaid, topiary reinstated in containers and yew hedges rejuvenated.

Ceremonies

Date: 12TH DECEMBER 1926
RolePerformed By
Unveiled EARL (17TH) OF DERBY

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Public
Did this include a trust or scholarship? No
Did this include a roll of honour? NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site: Not known
Cost of Memorial: £5000
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
WALTER HENRY GILBERT Artist
LOUIS WEINGARTNER Sculptor

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

OTHER: LETTER FROM WALTER GILBERT DESCRIBING THE MEMORIAL (1922).

Comments:  
Photographs: 5
Other Documents: RCHME AA78/4275
Form / Letter: F
Negatives: No
Drawings / Plans: No
Minutes: No
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
The Guardian     11 March 2004  
OrganisationIdWebsite
War Memorials Trust WM2299 http://www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=466
Carter Postcard Collection