The creation of the Memorial
CROSBY WAR MEMORIAL.
CROSS TO BE
ERECTED ON SITE TO BE CHOSEN.
A public meeting, representatively, but not
largely attended, of the residents of Great
Crosby, was held at the Alexandra Hall,
Blundellsands, last evening, to receive the
report of the committee appointed early in
1919 to present a scheme for a memorial to
the local heroes who fell in the great war.
The Chairman of the Urban District Council (Mr.Jackson)
who presided, said the committee reported
that the memorial should take the form of a
cross to be erected on a suitable site. The
delay in reporting was due chiefly to work
in connection with the reception of the men
who returned from the war and the
entertainment of their children.
On the motion of Colonel A. Buckley, M.P.,
seconded by sir Robert Connell, the report
Dr. Buxton, remarked that a cross would
form the most appropriate memorial in a
township which took its name from the emblem
of Christian sacrifice. On the motion of the
Rev. T.H. Martin, The Rev. Edward Hartley
seconding, the committee was re-appointed to
raise a fund, and to erect the memorial on a
site to be approved by the district council.
Mr. A.J. Preston urged that the subscription
should be general.
In reply to members of the Great Crosby War
Comrades' Association, the Chairman said the
sites mooted were either near to that hall
or in the centre of the village where the
boulder stone stands.
A proposal has been long before the township
to remove the boulder, which is splitting,
and obstructs traffic, and to widen the main
road at this congested point.
WALTON TIMES Friday
21st January 1921
GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE.
Beautiful War Memorial Unveiled.
LORD DERBY AND NEW
BISHOP AT CEREMONY.
|How sleep the
brave, who sink to rest,
|By all their
Country's wishes bless'd.
Such were the thoughts which flashed across
one's mind as the crowd around the Great
Crosby War Memorial, in Alexandra Park,
stood in silence, as it was unveiled by Lord
Derby on Sunday. The reverent silent tribute
to our glorious dead was only broken by the
heart-broken sobs of a mother or widow who
had lost their loved ones in the Great War,
and whose names were inscribed on the
monument before them.
The tear-stained faces of some of the people
reminded one how true are the words of
Franklin - "There never was a good war or a
bad peace." This was strongly supported by
the simple but appropriate words of Lord
"When there are agitations between nations,"
he said, "let us remember what it cost the
country, and see if there is not some way of
settling our differences other than by the
The Memorial, which takes the form of a
Garden of Remembrance, is unique and
beautiful. In the centre is a neat monument,
supporting a "Lamp of Memory," which will
burn from sundown to sunrise for ever.
In addition to this a memorial bed has been
endowed in the Bootle Borough Hospital. The
bed was dedicated on Sunday afternoon by
Lieut.-Colonel A. Buckley, D.S.O., M.P. for
the Waterloo Division, to the loving and
glorious memory of the men of Great Crosby
who fell. At the base of the inscription on
the plate on the bed are the words -
|On fame's eternal
tents are spread.
"Suspicion and Fear."
Previous to the unveiling ceremony, a
service was conducted at St.Luke's Parish
Church at 10-30, by the Vicar, the Rev. E.
Hartley, M.A., and was attended by the
members and officials of the Council and
representatives of various organisations,
etc. There was not a seat vacant in the
After the observance of the two minutes'
silence, the new Bishop of Liverpool (Dr.
A.A. David), in the course of an address -
the first he has delivered since coming to
the diocese - said suspicion and fear were
still strong in England, Europe, and the
whole world. Stronger than ever it seemed
just now, and at the moment love seemed very
hard to retain. There had been times when
they had wondered if the men they had loved
had died in vain. To give way to this was to
doubt God. They could see signs of
convictions growing daily that only by
renewed trust could they find their way out
of their troubles. Only by blotting out the
past were we going to be delivered from the
"An Inspiring Memory."
One of the most inspiring memories of the
War was the wonderful sacrifice and courage
of those who gave husbands, brothers, and
sons. Let them lift their eyes for a moment
to the vision before the great altar of
Liverpool's sacrifice. There stood two
multitudes - those who gave themselves, and
the other of those who gave them. The men
who gave their lives in the war asked
for no reward, not even, the reward of
remembrance. They made no claim that if they
gave their lives their memory should be
preserved. They saved England, and yet in
their hearts before they died he thought
there must have been a desire to live in the
memories of their friends. He dare say that
when their time came there would be some
such desire in our hearts. The Saviour, as a
wish and command, said, "This do in
remembrance of Me." Such remembrance implied
love, and while no one could say whether or
not more people had been killed for hate
than had died for love, the life of Christ
and the lives of all who sacrificed
themselves for what the Saviour taught,
acted as a re-inforcement of love, a
consolation whenever the chilling thought
occurred that those we had loved had died in
"They gave themselves; you gave them. 'I
would not exchange my dead son for any
living son in Christendom,' was the cry of
he who would not admit that his son was
lost to him."
Outside the church a procession was formed
comprising the Chairman and members of the
Council, officials, etc., a Guard of Honour
and band from the 7th King's (Liverpool)
Regt., under Colonel J.G.B. Beazley, M.C.,
hundred and fifty ex-Service men in charge
of Major Periton: Mounted Police, County
Constabulary, and Special Constables, under
Supt. Wilcock; Girl Guides and Brownies in
command of Miss Maud Taylor; and Boy Scouts
and Wolf Cubs.
On reaching Alexandra Park, the members of
the Council and War Memorial Committee, and
the relatives of the fallen occupied the
The ceremony opened with the singing of the
hymn, "Fight the good fight," followed by
prayers led by the Rev. E.Hartley and the
Rev. T.H. Martin.
Lieut.-Col. A. Buckley said: My Lord Derby,
I request you to unveil the Memorial which
has been erected in thankful remembrance of
the men from Great Crosby and Blundellsands
who gave their lives for King and Country in
the Great War.
Lord Derby said: Even if I spoke with the
tongue of an angel I know I could not do what I
would wish to do on an occasion like this -
to say something that would bring
consolation to those who lost their dear
ones in the Great War.
I think one can safely say there was not a
single home in the whole of this Empire that
did not lose somebody. On an occasion like
this time seems to disappear, and we think
of the days of suffering and sorrow of the
war. Old wounds are re-opened - wounds which
we thought had disappeared, and been healed
by time, but a moment like this revives
them, and shows they are wounds that can
never be healed.
I wish I could say something of consolation
to the bereaved. I can't say anything to
them of any avail under such circumstances,
but let us say to them - "Those men gave
their lives in a good cause. They put
country before themselves and their's was an
example we ought to follow - duty to our
country, patriotism, and faith in God."
We endeavour in these monuments, which are
erected throughout the country, not only to
perpetuate the memory of those who died, we
erect them to stand as a testimony for all
time to show what the cost of war is.
"Lesson of the
Let people look upon these memorials when
there are agitations between nations, and
think of what war cost the country, and see
if there is not some way of settling our
differences other than by the sword.
To the Glory of God, and in honoured and
grateful memory of the men from this
district who, in the defence of all that
they held dear, gave their lives in the
Great War, I unveil this memorial. Their
name liveth for evermore.
A general salute, the Last Post, and
The Bishop then said:- In the faith of Jesus
Christ, and in the memory of the men of this
district who gave their lives in the Great
War, I dedicate this monument to the Glory
of God; in the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
The Bishop led prayers, in which was
included a special prayer for those "who
mourn the loss of those who are near and
dear to them."
The Vice-Chairman of the War Memorial
Committee (the Rev. E. Hartley) requested
the Chairman of the Council (Mr. W.J. Yates,
J.P.) to accept on behalf of the subscribers
and the Memorial Committee, the custody of
Mr. Yates said he felt it a very proud
honour, as being chairman of the Council, to
have the beautiful memorial handed over to
the care of the Council from the residents
of the district. As they passed that park
many dear memories would come back to them
of their loved ones who were resting on the
different battle fields.
Beautiful floral tributes were placed at the
base of the memorial.
Afterwards Lord Derby inspected the guard of
honour and shook hands with every ex-Service
At the Alexandra Hall Lord Derby also
received the salute from the different
contingents which comprised the procession,
Lieut.-Colonel Buckley leading the
Among those present were -Councillors W.J.
Yates (Chairman), J. Pyett (Vice Chairman),
J.P. Taylor, Commander Dow, S. Hewetson, W.
Hoyle, A. Harrison-Thomas, Mrs. Norman
Thomas, C. Dow, W.L. Jackson, H. Preston
Reynolds, H.E. Young, Messrs. F.D. Foulkes
(Clerk), A.D. Dean (solicitor), Dr. Huskie
(Medical Officer of Health), Councillor A.G.
Jamieson (representing the Chairman of the
Waterloo-with-Seaforth Urban District
Council), Sir Robert Connell, Mrs. A.
Buckley, Mr. W.P. Costain, Mr. C.E.
Ashworth, Mrs. C.R. Taylor, Miss Fordham,
Mr. J. Hodgson, Mr. J. Watson Cabre
(Architect), Supt. W. Rigby (Crosby Fire
Brigade), Mr. Tom Wray (representing the
King's Roll Committee, Liverpool), Rev. B.
Selwyn Smith (St.Nicholas' Church, Blundellsands), Rev. N.A.E. Earle (Bishop's
Chaplain), Rev. J. Vaughan (Blundellsands
Presbyterian Church), Rev. G.E. Jones (St.Michael's
Church, Blundellsands), Rev. T.H. Martin
(Crosby Congregational Church), Rev. Mr.
Knowle (Blundellsands Wesleyan Church),
Captain Hill, and others.
Among the floral tributes placed on the memorial
were wreaths from the Great Crosby Council,
the Crosby Comrades' Club, Crosby War
Memorial Committee, local R.A.O.B.
(Armistice Lodge no.2), Officers and Men of
the 7th King's, Crosby; Northern Cricket
Club, Mrs. Horan, W. and A. Radford, Mr. and
Mrs. G.E. Lewis, Mrs. Abbott, A. Shepherd,
Mrs. Charlton, Mr. Holmes, Relatives of Leo
Ballard, Mr. and Mrs. Harwood, Mrs.
Bradbury, All at 34, Shaftesbury-road, All
at St.Luke's-road, Mrs. E. Aldridge,
Lieut.-Col. and Mrs. A. Buckley, Mrs.
Chambers and Family; Mrs. Thirlwall; All at
51, York-road, Great Crosby; Crosby Wesleyan
Mission; Mrs. Davies; Mr. Almond and Family;
Mr. and Mrs. Hale; Waterloo Football Club;
Mr. and Mrs. Macdonald and Family; Mrs.
Galbraith and Family; Mrs. France; Aunt
Annie and All at 2, Brighton-vale,
BED AT HOSPITAL
The Artizans' Ward at the Bootle Borough
Hospital was crowded to its fullest extent
on Sunday afternoon, when Mr. W.J. Yates,
chairman of the Great Crosby District
Council, introduced Lieut.-Col. Buckley.
After unveiling the bed and tablet, Colonel
Buckley expressed pleasure at being asked to
perform that duty.
The Rev. J. Vaughan offered a short prayer.
On the proposition of Sir Robert Connell,
who was supported by Commander Dow, R.N.R.,
and seconded by Mr. C.R. Taylor, a vote of
thanks was accorded to Lieut.-Col. Buckley.
The Colonel briefly responded.
The Rev. E. Hartley asked Mr. F.A.J. Poulsom,
chairman of the Hospital Committee, to
accept the bed for the hospital.
"We shall take very great care that the
trust is respected," said Mr. Poulsom, in
The Mayor (Alderman Dr. Turner) expressed
his appreciation of this act of remembrance
of the men of Great Crosby, and trusted that
those who used the bed would remember what
it stood for.
Major Burnie, M.P., who was one time
colour-sergeant to the Crosby Territorials,
also paid a glowing tribute to the memory of
the men he had known face to face, and said
that the tablet and bed formed a most
"O God, our help in ages past," was sung and
the proceedings concluded with the
benediction, pronounced by the Rev. E.
Amongst those present were Mrs. Buckley,
Colonel Rollo, ex-Councillor W.P. Costain
and Mrs. Costain (members of the War
Memorial Committee); Rev. T.H. Martin;
Councillors H.E. Young, H. Preston Reynolds,
J. Pyett, Mrs. Norman Thomas, S. Hewetson,
and J.P. Taylor.
Representing the Comrades' Club, Crosby,
were Messrs. W.P. Draper, J. Lamb, and
Blundell. Mr. F. Foulkes (Clerk to Crosby
Council) was also present.
WALTON TIMES Friday
16th November 1923