Prescot War Memorial at 100

prescot-war-memorialThe Friends of Prescot Cemetery & Churchyard invite you to attend a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Prescot War Memorial, together with a commemoration of the Battle of the Somme.

The ceremony takes place at 11am on Friday 9 September by the War Memorial, at the rear of Prescot Parish Church (off Market Place).

Prescot’s First World War Memorial is one of the earliest permanent war memorials in England, having been proposed in July 1915 and dedicated on 9 September 1916.

The monument was commissioned and paid for by Councillor William John Lucas JP and sculpted by Samuel Welsby of Widnes.

Made of Aberdeen granite, with massive pilasters and polished columns, it features a full-sized statue of a soldier in the uniform of the South Lancashire Regiment, with rifle and bayonet, in the posture of attack, who is facing southwards towards France.

The monument is six feet square at the base and is 20 feet 6 inches high.

It honours the thirty Prescot men who died in the Battle of the Somme, along with all those who lost their lives in the First World War. It was rededicated in 1946 to commemorate those lost during the Second World War.

The War Memorial was granted Grade II listed status by Historic England in 2015.

Photo: Christopher Lyon Photography

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