The Accrington War Memorial

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:

“We were able to see our comrades move forward in an attempt to cross No Man’s Land, only to be mown down like meadow grass. I felt sick at the sight of the carnage and remember weeping.
'Grief' Accrington War Memorial

‘Grief’ Accrington War Memorial

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