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

Moulton War Memorial

Summary

Type War Memorial , War Memorial

     The memorial is sited on a paved area within a fenced area with locked gates approximately 400cm wide by 400cm deep. The wrought iron fence is painted black with gold painted crosses on its ten posts. The memorial itself is made up of a square base surmounted by a second, carved to resemble boulders. On top of this is a pedestal that bears the inscriptions and has a moulded cornice. A swept plinth supports a statue of a soldier dressed in World War I uniform, standing at ease in front of a sculpted tree trunk. At the front of the memorial (south face) a black, polished granite plaque has been placed which bears additional inscriptions. The memorial is surrounded by several flower boxes and vases. The statue is similar to that on the Boer War Memorial at Winsford.
     The memorial used to be sited closer to the road, surrounded by gardens which were tended by the Women's Institute. In 1995 the memorial was moved further back from the road and the gardens were replaced with concrete paving slabs and the fence was erected around the memorial. This work coincided with the creation of a play area behind the memorial. The memorial is illuminated at night by two uplighters, positioned at the back of the memorial within the fencing, surrounded by a low brick wall.
     The dead of Moulton from World Wars I and II

Inscriptions

Inscribed and inlaid with gold paint on black granite plaque: V.E. V.J./THEIR SACRIFICE/OUR FREEDOM/1945 1995 Inlaid in lead on base of south face of pedestal: UNVEILED BY CAPTAIN W.H. FRANCE-HAYHURST J.P./DEC 18TH 1920.('th' in superscript with full stop underneath) Inlaid in lead on south face of pedestal, the names form two columns: 1914-1919/IN MEMORY OF/MOULTON MEN WHO SACRIFICED/THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN/THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS/LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS."/ASHLEY, SAM. HODKINSON, HARRY./BARBER, ALFRED. JONES, JOHN W./BUCKLEY, ARNOLD. MADDOCK, JACK./BUCKLEY, ROBERT. MIDDLETON, OLIVER./BUCKLEY, WILMOT. NODEN, ARTHUR./BATES, FRED.J RAVENSCROFT, GEORGE./BLYTHE, ERNEST. SHAW, JOSEPH./CLARKE,JERVIS. SOUTHERN, JAMES./CLARKE, WILLIAM J. SOUTHERN, THOMAS./COOKSON, WILLIAM H(OR N) TOMLINSON, DAN./CRANK,JOHN. FOSTER, JACK. WALKER,ALBERT V./GREATBANKS,GEORGE. WEEDON,GEORGE./GROVES,HARRY. WILKINSON, ARTHUR E./HITCHINSON, HORACE. YARDLEY, JOSEPH./BUCKLY, ROBERT H. WAKEFIELD, PETER. Inlaid in lead on east face of first base: UNVEILED BY/GEORGE A.RISLEY ESQ,/CHAIRMAN OF THE PARISH COUNCIL,/NOVEMBER 2ND 1947. Inlaid in lead on east face of pedestal: ALSO/IN MEMORY OF/THE MOULTON MEN/WHO MADE/THE SUPREME SACRIFICE/IN THE GREAT WAR,/1939-1945./BROOKS, HAROLD/BUCKLEY, FELIX FRANK./DICKENS, GEORGE./EYRES, JOHN HENRY./GOULDING, STANLEY./KENDRICK, MILES, GEORGE./SHANNON, GEORGE./STOCKALL, ALBERT./WRIGHT, FREDERICK./"THEIR (?THEY) GAVE THEIR ALL."

Contributor details

Contributor Role
known, Not Not Known

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Base Yellow sandstone 75cm high approx x 100cm wide approx x 100cm deep approx
Pedestal Yellow sandstone 200cm high approx x 80cm wide approx x 80cm deep approx
Plinth Yellow sandstone 50cm high approx x 65cm wide approx x 65cm deep approx
Statue Marble 175cm high approx
Plaque Polished black granite 20cm high approx x 30cm wide approx x 15cm deep approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CHVR0006 LL
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Bird guano
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
Vandalism
Road Main Road
Precise location None
A-Z ref 4C 126
OS ref SJ656678
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1920
Unveiling details 18 Deember 1920 and 2 November 1947
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Vale Royal Borough Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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