The Port Sunlight War Memorial (“The Defence of the Home”)

The Port Sunlight War Memorial
Port Sunlight Village on the Wirral, Merseyside UK
Unveiled on 3 December 1921 by Sgt E.G. Eames of Port Sunlight, who had been blinded at the first Battle of the Somme in 1916, and by Pte R E Cruickshank of Levers’ London branch, who had been awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918 for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in Palestine.
Sculptor  Sir William Goscombe John 1860-1952
Sculpture depicts the ‘Defence of Home’ with relief panels of wounded 
soldiers being cared for, sailors and anti-aircraft gunners (with bi-planes in the background)
WW1 was the first war in which aircraft were used on a large scale.
Tethered observation balloons had already been used in earlier conflicts for artillery location. 
Germany deployed Zeppelins for reconnaissance over the North Sea and  bombing raids 
over England. Military planners soon realised that pilots could locate enemy lines, although relaying information back to those on the ground proved problematic, it was the beginning of  aerial warfare.

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