National Recording Project


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

Formby War Memorial


Type Cross , War Memorial

     'The memorial is made of the finest selected silver grey Cornish Granite. The wheel portion of the cross is fine axed and interlaced with runic carving which forms the Cross of St. George in the centre. The shaft is rustic with fine axes margins on four sides. The massive die is fine axed and is surrounded on all four sides with a neat mould: below the mould on three sides are the inscribed names of the fallen .. On either side of the die, crossed arms entwined with a laurel wreath .. Add to the appearance of the memorial. The whole of the letters, arms and wreaths are deeply cut, drilled and inlaid with lead , and pencilled .. The base immediately under the die is fine axed, the sub-base and lower guide are rustic with fine axed margins are four sides.'(1)
     No minute references to the erection of this monument have been traced and all the information has been taken from a newspaper article reporting the unveiling ceremony. The monument was paid for by public subscription, which raised £473.19.11d from 132 subscribers. The sum included a grant of £8.17.0d from the honours fund. The memorial was erected on a plot of land (1,210 sq. yards) donated to the town by C. J. Weld-Blundell and was unveiled on the 12th November 1922 by Lieutenant Colonel John Formby, D. L., J. P..


To the Glory of God and in grateful memory of those who gave up their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918. (Trajan Column lettering) Pro Regio et Patria back; Erected by Public Subscription Unveiled by Lieut. Colonel John Formby D.L.J.P. O.B.E. Sunday November 12th 1922

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Keeley and Sons of Southport, Messr. J. F. Sculptor
Keeley and Sons of Southport, Messr. J. F. Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
2 step base Grey Cornish Granite None
plinth Grey Cornish Granite None
cross Grey Cornsh Granite None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Biological growth
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
Structural condition
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
  • Water collection
  • None
Road Three Tuns Lane / School Lane
Precise location north-east corner of roundabout outside Safeway car park
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design 1922
Year of unveiling 1922
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Public subscription
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Not at risk

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