Southport War Memorial

Southport War Memorial in London Square Memorial Gardens, Southport Merseyside. The design was the result of  a national competition judged by Sir Reginald Blomfield  of the Imperial War Graves Commission, who was also the  architect and designer of the Menin Gate, Ypres. Unveiled on 18 November 1923 by the Earl of Derby.

Sculptor Herbert Tyson Smith  (1883–1972) See also Accrington Memorial and the Liverpool Cenotaph. This is a complex memorial laid out as a central obelisk on which is carved; LOOK UPWARD STANDING MUTE. SALUTE the last two lines of Barry Pain’s Armistice Day poem (The Army of the Dead) There are  two large colonnades each containing a small chapel at each end. There are four circular pedestals which have carved figures and the names of the fallen. Wall panels are named for the battles they commemorate. To each side of the colonnades are memorial gardens with fountains. On the west face of the northern colonnade Britannia is shown holding a sword in one hand whist holding a small statue of winged victory. On the west face of the southern colonnade Britannia is mourning as she lays a wreath over a soldiers helmet. Full of literary and poetic references the various inscriptions read;

THEIR PORTION IS WITH THE ETERNAL by Laurence Binyon.

THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE. WE LIVE ONLY AS WE SAFEGUARD THE IDEALS FOR WHICH THEY DIED. FREEDOM JUSTICE MERCY. SO LET US  LIVE THAT WE MAY SHARE WITH THEM THE LIFE ETERNAL  by Frederick Riley.

ON THE DECK OF FAME THEY DIED by Thomas Campbell’s Battle of the Baltic.

FAITHFUL TO HER WE FELL AND REST CONTENT adaptation of the  epitaph of Simonides on the Spartans who fell at Thermopylae

TO FAMOUS MEN ALL EARTHS IS SEPULCHRE translation by Thucydides in his book of the funeral oration spoken by Pericles about the Athenians who fell in the first year of the Peloponnesian War.

ALL THAT THEY HAD THEY GAVE by Rudyard Kipling from The Kings Pilgrim

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