Friday, August 16, 2013

Memorial for the Sons of Standish (Lancashire)

1. St Wilfred's Church and War Memorial Gatehouse
[Standish, Lancashire (near Wigan)]
2. War Memorial Gatehouse (exterior)
[St Wilfred's Parish Church, Standish]
3. Commemorative tablets  for 'The Fallen'
[War Memorial Gatehouse, Standish]
4. Commemorative tablets for local miners
[Miners killed in locForaal coal mines 1914 -1918]
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Additional information

The War Memorial Gatehouse

The main entrance gate to St Wilfred's Parish Church, Lancashire (Church of England) from the Old Market Place of the village is by a War Memorial Gatehouse (Photograph No 1 above). Originally dedicated in 1926 the Gatehouse (Photograph No 2) commemorates the church parishioners who died in the 1914 - 1918 World War. Additionally, it also remembers the miners who were killed working in the local coal mines in the war.

At the time, the 1914 - 1918 war was commonly referred to as 'Great War'. After the Second World War (1939 - 1945) a bronze tablet listing the names of parishioners who died in that war was added inside the Gatehouse.

On the outward facing wall of the gate are the following inscriptions:

"To The Greater Glory of God.

This memorial gate was built as a tribute to the men of Standish, who counting death no loss valiantly made the last sacrifice in defence of their hearths & homes in the European War 1914 - 1918.

The Men "whose praise is throughout all the Churches".

"Who stands if Freedom fall,
Who dies if England live".
- Kipling."

Below this is another epitaph, originally suggested in 1919 by Canon T.F. Royd:

"Sons of this place let this of you be said
That you who live are worthy of your dead.
These gave their lives that you who live may reap
A richer harvest ere you fall asleep.
- Royd."

Passing through the gate leading to the church grounds, on the left hand side interior wall are three commemorative bronze tablets (Photograph No 3 above). On the right hand side of the gate are bronze tablets commemorating the miners who were killed in the local coal mines during the 1914 - 1918 war.

The local Catholic parish church has a separate war memorial.

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