Litherland, St.Philip's C.of E. Church Lads Brigade








15600 24  
15681 4

Boer War

Names on Memorial
Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Litherland Digital

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour
also Service Records Library and Archives Canada

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

  Norman JKERR
Merseyside Roll of Honour

Merseyside Roll of Honour

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Merseyside Roll of Honour

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  Christopher GREAD
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  Thomas W GREAD
Merseyside Roll of Honour

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  Albert EWRIGHT

The creation of the Memorial

     If, as in considered probable, Litherland should become the seat of a large population there will be no lack of mementoes to show that its sons took a full and worthy share in the Great War 1914-18. Apart from the public memorial in contemplation several smaller ones have already been provided in connection with clubs and  other institutions. The latest to be brought under public notice is one that has just been placed to "old boys" who fell in the Great War and who belonged to St.Philip's Company of the Church Lads Brigade, King's Royal Rifle Corps (late 34th Liverpool Company Boys Brigade). Very appropriately it is placed in the church ground and in close proximity to the sacred edifice in which most of the fallen heroes worshipped. Records of 24 have been secured and their names are inscribed on a neat brass tablet attached to a pedestal surmounted by a flag pole from which the Union Jack now floats.


     The unveiling of this memorial constituted a simple, solemn ceremony in which the Bishop of Liverpool and Lieut.-Col. Buckley, D.S.O., M.P., had a prominent share on Sunday afternoon. A great concourse - Litherland residents and a few visitors - witnessed the interesting proceedings. Present members of St.Philip's Company, directed by Capt. Briscoe and Lieut. Tomkins, were in full strength with their band under Lieut. Smithson. Also by kind permission of Lieut.-Col. L.J. Hulke, C.M.G., commanding the 3rd Batt. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Band were represented and had an important share in the function. The crowd, very representative and quite orderly, included magistrates, councillors, and artisans. Mourning worn by some who had place in the forefront indicated personal interest in those whose names were inscribed on the Memorial Tablet.
     Accompanying the Bishop and Col. Buckley were the Revs. T. Wilkinson, Vicar of Litherland, P.G. Patch, Chaplain to H.M. Forces, and J.A. Cound, curate of St.Thomas's, Seaforth. Service commenced by singing, led by the Boys Brigade Band, of "The Son of God goes forth to War," in which the large congregation heartily joined. Then followed prayers led by the Vicar also the Brigade Special Prayer. After this the Bishop unveiled the Tablet following with a brief appropriate prayer, and buglers of the 3rd. Batt. K.O.Y.L.I. sounded the "Last Post."
     The Memorial Tablet is of a neat, simple design and bears the inscription "To the Memory of Brave Comrades who fell in the Great War, A.D. 1914-1918. Then follow the names-
Frank N. Aindow,
Eric W. Armstrong,
Robt. Baker,
Sydney Banner,
John Bettridge,
Alfred Butler,
Charles Campbell,
Robert Day,
Jules Fry,
Rowland Hill,
Walter Hincks,
Leonard Ireland,
Harold Jones,
Norman J. Kerr,
Alexander Lyons,
Albert Parkinson,
William Paton,
James W. Perkins,
Charles Phythian,
Thomas W. Read,
Christopher G. Read,
Edward Shearman,
John W. Webster,
Albert E. Wright,
and at the foot are the words "Their name liveth for evermore."
     Following the ceremony the company, again led by the Band joined in singing "Jerusalem the Golden."


     The Bishop subsequently gave a short address. They had met, he said, to take part in a most pathetic but at the same time a most inspiring function. The tablet he had just unveiled was intended to memorise 24 old boys of St.Philip's C.L.B. who within the last four or five years had laid down their lives for their country. He could not think of a better motto for them than the words in Rev. xii,. 11. "They loved not their lives even unto death." The words were originally spoken of those who were martyrs, and these brave lads were undoubtedly martyrs, i.e. witnesses for a noble cause. Four or five years ago we British people were growing very selfish. Then came the War which awoke in us a nobler spirit. The war had made us see as we had never seen before what a hideous thing was selfishness, and no words could ever adequately describe the self-sacrifice of our men who, if their example did not lead us to become a better and a nobler nation, would have died in vain. To-day, throughout these islands and the British Empire, there was a more strongly-knit spirit of fellowship and comradeship than in the past. The barriers between creeds and political parties and races had been broken down. There was a kindlier and more sympathetic spirit abroad between class and class, and these 24 boys and such as they had helped to bring that about. They had died as witnesses to the nobility of self-sacrifice, of comradeship and the fear of God. They must not have shed their blood for nought. We must not go back to pre-war conditions, but must make our country better, nobler, and purer than it was before. The past, with all its sins, its shortcomings, its defects, must pass away for ever. I charge you, said his Lordship in closing, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, friends to do your best and think your best to make this country of ours a better, nobler, happier England than it has ever been before. Then it will not have been in vain that our brave lads loved not their lives even unto death.
     Col. Buckley, M.P., immediately afterwards unfurled the flag and a general salute was given.
     A closing hymn, "We are soldiers of Christ who is mighty to save" was sung and the Bishop then pronounced the Blessing. This with the singing of the National Anthem concluded a function that will doubtless have place in the memories of those who took part in or witnessed it for many years to come.
     A few minutes later Col. Buckley inspected the Boys on parade and expressed his satisfaction at their general bearing and the evidence they displayed of careful and efficient training. The Vicar expressed the members and officers thanks to Col. Buckley for his kindness and this was cordially endorsed by Capt. Briscoe.
     After evening service a continuance of the Memorial Function was witnessed when the flag was lowered and Buglers of the Yorkshire Light Infantry sounded the "Retreat." Subsequently as at the afternoon's ceremony the Band playing choice selections.

WALTON TIMES Friday 16th May 1919