The Accrington War Memorial is in the town of Accrington, Lancashire, UK. It is situated within Oak Hill Park near the Hollins Lane entrance. Built as memorial to those who fell in the First World War, it was unveiled by H. H. Bolton on the first of July 1922. The memorial is a Grade II listed structure, designed by Sir Charles Reilly. It shows the figure of ‘Grief’ holding a wreath and palm leaf.
Sculpture: George Herbert Tyson Smith (1883–1972), was born in Liverpool. (see also the Liverpool War Memorial, and the Southport War Memorial)
Accrington is known for the loss of the “Accrington Pals” on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916, 235 of the battalion were killed, and a further 350 wounded, 17 of them fatally, all within 30 minuets. One of the battalion’s signallers, observing from the rear, reported: