Oldham WWI War Memorial

The Oldham War Memorial is outside St Mary’s Church, Church Street, in the town of Oldham in Greater Manchester ( Historically part of Lancashire)  opposite the Town Hall. It is unusual in that it depicts a group of soldiers in the trenches going over the top. Mounted on a  square pedestal with panelled doors leading to the books of remembrance. The memorial was unveiled by General Sir Ian Hamilton and dedicated by the Bishop of Manchester 28th April 1923. The sculptor was Albert Toft (1869 – 1949) (See Thorton-Clevleys and Chatterton War Memorials) took four years to complete the sculpture.

The memorial is a tribute to all the men from Oldham who lost their lives in WW1. Commissioned in 1919 by the Oldham War Memorial Committee who wanted a fitting tribute to all those who died fighting the war to end all wars. The stone base was created from Granite with the centrepiece and the doors beneath being created from bronze.
In 2013 the memorial underwent extensive restoration.

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  13. My great uncle, and Oldham man Rowland Griffiths, was killed in what is now Iraq in 1917, fighting with the Manchesters. Is the book of remembrance now available?

    • Thanks for your reply.
      A hard copy of the book is available to view at Oldham Local Studies and Archive (Tel 0161 770 4654) hope this helps. The memorial remains a stunning reminder of the conditions in the trenches. I hope you manage to see it for yourself. Best wishes. Marguerite

    • Phil,
      In addition to my earlier post I can confirm that all WW1 dead are inscribed on brass plagues screwed to the walls of the parish church facing the war memorial. The roll of honour, and digital copies do not hold the Rolls of the 10th and 24th Manchester Battalion. Marguerite


    • Hi Paul,
      I visited this memorial several times before being able to photograph it. The memorial had been vandalised, and was shrouded in a canopy whilst repairs and renovations took place. The book of remembrance in located under the memorial and it’s pages are turned manually daily to commemorate the fallen. The local authorities were concerned that the book of remembrance was becoming increasingly fragile, and the cost of employing a ‘page turner’ was increasing. They have decided to place a copy within the memorial, which will be available in due course for the public to view. I hope this helps.

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