Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial
|Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial|
The war memorial on Grange Hill, West Kirby
|For the men and women of West Kirby and Hoylake|
who died in World Wars I and II
|Unveiled||16 December 1922|
|Designed by||Charles Sargeant Jagger|
The Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial is a 14.5-metre-high, granite four-sided obelisk which stands on Grange Hill, West Kirby, Merseyside. It was designed by British sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885–1934), who also designed the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in London. It commemorates the men and women of West Kirby and Hoylake who gave their lives in World Wars I and II.
On two sides of the obelisk stand bronze figures symbolising war and peace. On the west face is a figure of a robed woman holding a baby, a wreath of poppies and broken manacles. On the east face stands a British infantry soldier dressed for winter and standing guard with standard issue .303 rifle, bayonet fixed, a gas mask, water bottle, putties and his helmet pushed off the back of his head, and a German helmet at his feet .
Inscriptions around the base read:
|“||AT THE CALL OF KING AND COUNTRY THEY LEFT ALL THAT WAS DEAR TO THEM, ENDURED HARDNESS, FACED DANGER AND FINALLY PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY AND SELF SACRIFICE, GIVING UP THEIR OWN LIVES THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM. LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT/THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN.||”|
|— West face|
|“||IN GRATITUDE TO GOD AND TO THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM THESE PARTS WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914–1919 – 1939–1945. THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US BOTH BY NIGHT AND DAY.||”|
|— East face|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial.|
- The Hoylake Memorial – National Archives
- "War Memorial (Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial)". Public Monument and Sculpture Association. Archived from the original on 2010-05-21. Retrieved 2007-07-12.
- "War Memorial Beacon". Sheffield Independent. 18 December 1922. p. 1.
- "The Driver and Wipers Memorial" (PDF). Shrine of Remembrance Education Program. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-08-28. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
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