The creation of the Memorial
A GALLANT SOLDIER.
DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL AT ST.FAITH'S,
The dedication took place yesterday
(Thursday) evening of a handsome chancel
screen which has been erected in St.Faith's
Church, Crosby, by Mr. Douglas Horsfall in
memory of his son, Captain Robert Elcum Horsfall,
who was killed in the Cambrai push on Nov.
20th, 1917. The dedication service was
conducted by the Vicar (Rev. J. Brierley),
and an address was given by Canon J.O. Coop,
The close association of Mr. Douglas
Horsfall with the Church life of the diocese
is reflected in a remarkable way by
circumstances connected with this memorial.
The foundation-stone of the church, which
was built by Mr. Horsfall, was laid by the
late Captain Horsfall when he was a boy,
seven years of age. Captain Horsfall was one
of the trustees of the three churches of
St.Agnes, Ullet-road; St.Paul, Stoneycroft;
and St.Catherine, Abercromby-square, with
which Mr. Douglas Horsfall's name is
associated, and a Governor of St.Chad's
College, Durham University, for training
candidates for holy orders. The college was
founded by his father.
The screen, which was designed by Mr. G.
Gilbert Scott, A.R.A., F.R.I.B.A., is a
credit to the fine craftsmanship of Mr.
Edward O. Griffith, sculptor, of Bevington
Hill, and will be generally admired in a
handsome church already famous for its
beautiful reredos by Salviati, of Venice.
Gothic in character, it is 26ft. 6in. wide
by 20ft. high, made of well-seasoned oak,
and consists of two traceried lights on
either side of the broad entrance to the
chancel, making, with this, five lights in
all. These have been delicately pierced
tracery panels with centre crocketed
finials, which have a very rich effect.
Enclosing these panels are circular and
elliptical rib moulds, which, springing from
the mullions, forms a coved roof, on which
rests heavily carved beams on either side of
the screen; these beams are surmounted with
serrated and pierced cresting, and have at
regular intervals carved and crocketed
pinnacles rising above the main line. On the
elevation facing the name and attached to
the four mullions are carved niches and
pedestals containing figures of St.Agnes,
St.Paul, St.Chad, and St.Catherine, each
with their respective symbols, and carved in
The whole of the woodwork is fumed a grey
ash colour and dull polished, and is fixed
upon the chancel wall of red Mansfield
stone. Carved in raised letters on the
left-hand side wall is the following inscription:
"A.M.D.G. In loving memory of Robert Elcum
Horsfall, killed in action Nov. 20th, 1917.
Requiescat in pace."
WALTON TIMES Friday
22nd April 1921
The chancel screen of fumed oak erected at
St.Faith's, Crosby-road, Waterloo, by Mr. H.
Douglas Horsfall, who built and endowed the
church, in memory of his eldest son, Capt.
Robert Elcum Horsfall, who was killed at
Cambrai on November 20th, 1917, was unveiled
by Mr. Horsfall on Thursday evening in the
presence of a large congregation. The
dedication ceremony was performed by the
Rev. C.C. Elcum, of St.Agnes's, Ullet-road.
The vicar (the Rev. John Brierly) conducted
the service, and Canon J.O. Coop (St.Margaret's,
Anfield) preached an appropriate sermon.
WALTON TIMES Friday
29th April 1921