Lancashire Fusiliers, Bury, Lancashire/Greater Manchester 1 year 5 months ago #73336
In Whitehead Gardens; it was originally sited in the Market Place, being unveiled on the 18th of March 1905,, but was moved in 1920. A matching statue was unveiled in Salford on 13th July the same year. www.angloboerwar.com/forum/17-memorials-...ord-lancashire#54497
An excellent photo of the unveiling of the Bury memorial can be seen here: - buryculture.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/mem...frican-war-memorial/
TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY
OF LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
LINE, MILITIA & VOLUNTEERS,
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR SOVEREIGN & COUNTRY
IN SOUTH AFRICA 1900-2,
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED
BY THEIR COMRADES OF ALL
RANKS & BY FRIENDS OF
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Lancashire Fusiliers, Bury, Lancashire/Greater Manchester 1 year 5 months ago #73338
THE NAMES OF OFFICERS,
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN,
WHO WERE KILLED OR DIED
IN SOUTH AFRICA.
C. H. HICKS
R. B. BLUNT (BREVET MAJOR)
G. M. STEWART
V. H. A. AWDRY
R. R. CHALLENOR
G. DE C LE MARCHANT
D. H. PARKER
J. J. R. MALLOCK
P. F. NEWNHAM (INDIAN STAFF CORPS)
F. O. BARKER
POTTER, R. J.
HOLMES, J. A.
ALLEN, A. J.
HEATON, J. V.
CONNOLLY, F. T.
BACON, J. H.
BATTINSON, W. R.
BRADLEY, G. H.
BROWN, A. A.
COOKE, B. G.
DODD, C. E.
FRIARS, A. H.
HANDS, W. H.
HORNER, F. M.
M'KEOWN, W. H.
M'MANN, C. F.
MARGERISON, J. W.
MILLER, H. E.
MOULTON, F. E.
PENDLEBURY, J. W.
REED, H. E.
RICHARDSON, G. H.
TURNER, J. T.
WHITEHEAD, R. T.
WOODFORD, H. J.
THE BURY MEMORIAL.
FINE STATUE BY MR. FRAMPTON.
....On the 18th of next month a monument will be unveiled at Bury to the memory of the men of the Lancashire Fusiliers who fell in the South African War. It is the work of Mr. George Frampton, R.A., and it shows the famous sculptor at his best. The action of the figure differs from that of any similar memorial statue in Great Britain. In this class of work types of soldiers are represented in repose, with heads bent in grief for the loss of their fallen comrades. But Mr. Frampton has a different notion of the character of man when at war with an enemy. When cannons roar and rifles crack, and sword and bayonet are red with blood, the soldier thirsts for battle. In this state of mind there is little chance of his mourning for a dead or wounded comrade. Instead, he will raise a cheer of triumph for duty nobly accomplished, and to inspire his fellows to fight on for King and country. Such is the sculptor's idea, and he was realised it with striking success.
....On the pedestal a Fusilier, some eight feet in height, raises himself in a loud hurrah. His right hand holding his busby is lifted high, his left grips the barrel of his rifle, and the entire body is magnificent in its strenuous expression of the glory the warrior feels in fighting and dying for his country's sake. In front of the pedestal there is a decorative tablet bordered with oak leaves and acorns, signifying national character and strength; in the centre a wreath encircles the Lancaster rose and badge. Under this a bronze panel bears the inscription:
...."To the glorious memory of the Lancashire Fusiliers, Line, Militia, and Volunteers, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and country in South Africa, 1900-2. This monument is erected by their comrades of all ranks, and by friends of the Regiment."
....Panels round the pedestal contain the names of the officers and men who fell in the war, and these are effectively shown in bronze. The number, considerably over two hundred comprises seven captains, four lieutenants, four colour-sergeants, one sergeant-drummer, eight sergeants, eight corporal, fourteen lance-corporals, and four drummers, the remainder being privates.
....Altogether, the monument will be a splendid memorial to the heroes of the Lancashire Fusiliers. It will stand about twenty feet high, and will have a most imposing appearance on the fine site selected for its erection in Bury, whose inhabitants are to be congratulated in having such an artistic achievement in their town.
Manchester Courier, Monday 20th February 1905
WAR MEMORIAL AT BURY.
UNVEILING BY LORD DERBY.
....Bury has added another to the number of memorials that have been erected in different parts of the country to the memory of the gallant soldiers who fell in the South African Campaign. In the open space on which the Town Hall and Parish Church abut, the Earl of Derby, on Saturday, unveiled a memorial to the officers and men of the Lancashire Fusiliers (Line, Militia, and Volunteers) who lost their lives during the war. Favoured by beautiful weather, the ceremony attracted many thousands of people, who thronged the various avenues converging on to the square. A procession of the chief functionaries, accompanied by troops, members of the local civic authority, and others, took place from the School of Art to the square, where space around the memorial had been barricaded off for their accommodation. The limited surplusage of room proved all too small for the thousands of the public who sought to witness the proceedings, and some considerable crowding ensued.
....The statue is the work of Mr. George Frampton, R.A., who has embodies an original idea in the pose of the chief figure. A full description appeared in the "Courier" a few weeks ago. Bronze panels round the pedestal bear the name of the following officers and men who fell in the war: [as above]
....The monument stands altogether about twenty feet high, and is a striking piece of work. A replica of the memorial is to be erected in Salford, whose honourable association with the Lancashire Fusiliers, through its Volunteer battalion, is well known.
....Within the enclosed area, in addition to the Earl of Derby, K.G., there were present among others, the Mayor of Bury (Alderman J. K. Butcher). General Sir Own T. Burne, G.C.S.I., Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Lees Knowles, M.P., Colonel Hammersley, A.A.G., the Rev. Canon Blackburne, hon. chaplain 1st Vol. Batt. Lancashire Fusiliers, the Mayor of Salford (Alderman Stephens), the Mayor of Heywood (Mr. Councillor Smith), the Town Clerk of Bury (Mr. John Haslam), Mr. H. Whitehead, Mr. James Kenyon, Mr. O. O. Wrigley, Mr. George Toulmin, M.P., Mr. F. Wrigley, Mr. George Frampton, R.A., Mr. J. S. Hoyle, Mr. T. Aitkin (Holcombe), Mr. S. Walker (Prestwich), Alderman Parks, Alderman Holt, Mr. G. Mills (Whitefield), and Mr. H. Webb. There was a detachment of troops from the depot of the Lancashire Fusiliers at Bury, under the command of Major Bishop; guards from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Volunteer battalions Lancashire Fusiliers, reservists, and discharged men from the Lancashire Fusiliers, discharged Volunteers who served in South Africa, retired officers, Aldermen and councillors of the borough of Bury, county and borough justices, &c. The detachment from the 3rd (Salford) Vol. Batt. Lancashire Fusiliers was under command of Captain Maclure, who had with him Lieutenants Wilson and Berry. Other officers of the battalion present were Lieutenant-colonel Humphreys, Major Hardy, Captain Fellows, Captain Lilly, Lieutenant Cartwright, and the Rev. C. J. Reeve, chaplain.
UNVEILING CEREMONY.....The Mayor of Bury said it was especially appropriate that Lord Derby should have been asked to unveil that statue to commemorate "the bravery and loyalty" of those who had fallen in the late war. Not only was he the owner of the land on which the monument stood and Lord Lieutenant of the County, but he permitted five of his own sons to go out, along with another member of his family, to South Africa, to take part in the war. (Cheers.)
....Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Lees Knowles, M.P., who has acted as chairman of the Memorial Committee, gave a detailed description of the monument. The chief figure, he said, was that of a Lancashire Fusilier, in review order, cheering for the King; sorrowful for the loss of comrades, and urging on those who survived to deeds of further heroism. In that simple figure of a soldier they glorified the rank and file of the British Army. (Hear, hear.) The graves of their fallen comrades were far away on the veldt, left in the keeping of our Colonists - our sons across the sea - as a reminder that an appeal to their Mother Country would not be made in vain. Might they rest in peace. "While a man is able to do his duty it is infamous to retire." Those were the words of General Wolfe; it was commended by Wellington, and was mentioned by General Buller, who, in South Africa, declared that "the Lancashire Fusiliers had magnificently maintained the best traditions of the British Army." (Cheers.) "May this memorial," said the speaker, "enthuse each one of us imbued with the spirit of self-sacrifice, obedience, patience, endurance, and fortitude, fearing God and honouring the King, to keep and maintain the brilliant traditions of an ancient and honourable past." (Cheers.)
....Sir Owen T. Burne said that in the unavoidable absence of General Sir E. A. Holdich, who regretted very much his inability to be present, it was his duty to request the Earl of Derby to unveil the memorial. He hoped it would ever remain not only as the symbol of the bond of union between the territorial family and the line battalions, but as an enduring record of the link that existed between the regiment and the town of Bury. (Hear, hear.) He reminded them that the South African War was the first occasion on which the Line, Militia, and Volunteers fought side by side in front of the enemy, and said the County of Lancaster was the first to offer the aid of its Volunteer active service companies, their example being followed by every regiment in the service. (Hear, hear.)
LOSSES OF THE REGIMENT.....The Earl of Derby, having unveiled the memorial, amid loud cheers, said he thought the large crowd assembled was a sufficient answer to those who deprecated, some years ago, the scheme for localising the depots of the battalions in different counties, , as tending to constitute a bar to anything like a common feeling growing up between the county and the regiment. The honours of the Lancashire Fusiliers, gained in the late war, were not, he said, achieved without cost. The men of the Line battalion who served numbered one thousand six hundred and eighty-two; Mounted Infantry, five hundred and thirteen; 5th Militia battalion, nine hundred; 6th Militia battalion, six hundred and fifty-nine; Volunteers, three hundred and forty-nine. But they must not forget the losses, and the sympathy due to those who had been bereaved. (Hear, hear.) There were nine officers and one hundred and sixty-one non-commissioned officers and men killed in action or died of wounds, while twenty-one officers and two hundred and eight-four non-commissioned officers and men were returned as wounded. When they thought of the sacrifice of life, the suffering, toil and peril through which the regiment had gone, their welcome to the survivors that day was chastened with the memory of the losses sustained, of which that statue formed an abiding record. "I trust," said his Lordship, "that so long as Bury continues a town; so long as this statue remains here, those who pass by will say 'this was erected by a grateful county to the memory of brave men who served in the field, who hazarded their own lives, and who spared neither toil nor peril, and that we at home appreciate that which they have done.' We feel that it is an honour to be the home of the regiment, and we hope that this connection between the Lancashire Fusiliers and the town of Bury will remain and be cherished by both parties as a source of honour to the town, and, we hope, a source of sympathy between us." (Cheers.) His Lordship added an expression of his appreciation of the manner in which the sculptor had executed his difficult commission.
....Canon Blackburne offered a dedicatory prayer, after which a firing party fired three volleys, and the buglers sounded the "Last Post." The Mayor then accepted the memorial "on behalf of the people of Bury," and thanked Lord Derby, and the singing of the National Anthem, followed by three cheers, brought the ceremony to a close.
....Subsequently his Worship the Mayor and Lord Derby held a reception in the Town Hall.
Manchester Courier, Monday 20th March 1905
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Lancashire Fusiliers, Bury, Lancashire/Greater Manchester 1 year 5 months ago #73339
The QSAs to Kenny (KIA Spion Kop), Levett (POW Spion Kop & KIA Honing Spruit) and Pratt (KIA Spion Kop) are in my collection.
The regimental museum in Bury is worth a visit but I assume it's currently closed.
Lancashire Fusiliers, Bury, Lancashire/Greater Manchester 1 year 5 months ago #73351
Levett was a Haslingden man, and I think we've mentioned him in the past.
Pratt was a reservist, his home address was 46, Bolton Street, Chorley. I can look him up in the Chorley paper once libraries fully re-open.
No address was given for Kenny.
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Lancashire Fusiliers, Bury, Lancashire/Greater Manchester 1 year 5 months ago #73354
I had that information Berenice but if you can find anything on Pratt in due course I'd be most grateful. He's mentioned in 'The Devil's Hill' by Fred Holcroft as a coal miner from Scholes, Wigan although he was living in Chorley as you mention. He originally enlisted with three friends. In the regimental enlistment register under distinguishing marks it was noted that his back was scarred by coal while working in narrow seams. Hard times indeed. His initial on the memorial and on his QSA is shown as 'J' which is wrong as his first name was Isaac.
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