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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

CHADDERTON WAR MEMORIAL

Summary

     Granite obelisk approached by three steps; on a bow-fronted projection at the front stands the bronze figure of an ordinary soldier, alert and watchful, holding a rifle in right hand. The slightly larger than life-size figure stands on a short plinth representing rough ground.
     Chadderton War Memorial Committee recognised the importance of a public memorial whilst acknowledging the need for a more practical tribute. Following discussions, this took the form of establishing scholarships to assist the children whose fathers had been killed in the war. The secretary of the War Memorial Committee was J. Arnold Brierley. The site selected was in front of the Town Hall was the most prominent one available in the town. The Oldham architects, Taylor and Simister were responsible for designing the memorial, the focus of which was the figure of a soldier. The statue was the work of Albert Toft, who had also been commissioned to design the main Oldham war memorial. The memorial was completed by the autumn of 1921. It was unveiled by Councillor Ernest Kempsey in a ceremony marked by prayers and hymns, speeches and the laying of wreaths. Long lines of local inhabitants waited respectfully to view the memorial. Kirkpatrick's of Manchester were the contractors. The final cost was £2,000.
     War memorial for Chadderton

Inscriptions

Inscription on front of obelisk: IN HONOUR OF THE MEN OF CHADDERTON / WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE / AND IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF / ALL WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY / IN THE WARS OF / 1914-1919 / AND / 1939-1945]

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Toft, Albert Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
statue bronze 216 cm high
pedestal granite 531 cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
MR/OLD25 MR
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Middleton Rroad
Precise location None
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design 1920-1921
Year of unveiling 1921
Unveiling details 8 October 1921
Commissioned by Chaderton War Memorial Committee
Duty of care Oldham MBC
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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