OUR LADY OF RECONCILIATION WAR MEMORIAL>

A REMEMBRANCE IN HONOUR OF THE FALLEN, WHO ARE LISTED ON THE GREAT WAR MEMORIAL, AT OUR LADY OF RECONCILIATION CHURCH, ELDON STREET, LIVERPOOL.

 Click on the above links for details on the men, photographs, Church history, and newspaper items.

This site is a sister site of the War memorial of St Anthony's church, Scotland Road, Liverpool. The church is within easy walking distance of Our Lady's and many of the men listed on the two memorials would have had connections between both churches. The St Anthony's site can be viewed by using the following link  http://anthony1965.webs.com/

In Eldon Street, Liverpool, Just off the famous Scotland Road, stands the very impressive church, Our Lady Of Reconciliation. The streets surrounding the church are mainly filled with nice new homes, with gardens and parking spaces for the inhabitants. Yet not so long ago these streets offered a very different sight to todays spacious setting. The area has seen many changes over the past one hundred years, from the cramped court housing, to the walk up flats and tenements. The long streets running from Scotland road to Vauxhall road where filled with every description of shops, public houses, factories and businesses. Carters and their horses would be moving every kind of goods, while trams would shuttle the main thoroughfares. Barges would ferry goods along the Leeds-Liverpool canal, to and fro to the nearby docks, where many of the locals took employment. Overall a hive of activity, unrecognisable from the area today.

 August 4th 1914, Britain declares war on Germany, and for the next four years the Great War will continue. A horrific episode in the worlds history. It will claim the lives of millions of people, maim and injure thousands more, and deprive families of their loved ones. Prime minister David Lloyd George had promised the enlisting men that they would return too "  A land fit for heroes  "  what most of the returning men came home to was a small cash payment, a civilian suit, and a pair of medals. They then had to join the masses looking for work, often their search was in vain. Injured men received a small pension, yet had no chance of employment. These men had fought bravely for King and country, now they returned home to unimaginable hardships. Their biggest fight had started, the fight for them and their families to survive.

At the outbreak of war, the men from the streets and courts surrounding Our Lady of reconciliation church took the call to enlist. Many joined The King`s Liverpool Regiment, or chose to opt for other local regiments such as The East Lancashire, The Cheshire or The Loyal North Lancashire regiments. Others chose regiments with connections to their history, Irish, Welsh, Scottish. As you will see on this web site, many of the men found regiments right across the country. Four of the men listed on the memorial fought with the Australian Army. A lot decided to serve at sea as Mercantile Marines, or with the Royal Navy. They would all face dangerous times in foreign lands and waters, witness terrible events, and fight in some of the bloodiest battles ever known. inevitably some would never return home, they would pay the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. It was in honour to these men of the parish, that the church of Our Lady Of Reconciliation would later erect a fitting memorial. Two altar memorials of Belgian oak, where placed either side of the altar, They are beautifully carved and scripted. 206 names are listed on the memorials.

My great grandfather John Owens Is one of the men listed on the memorial, he and the other men listed are the reason for my interest in producing this web site. I hope to find out as much detail as I can concerning the listed men, and put it here as a reminder of who they where. They are after all much more than just names on a memorial. The research will be on going, and will take a long time to produce. I have noticed that there will be a problem identifying some of the men, and sadly I may never come up with any details for them. I will however continue my search, and I hope that relatives of the men will find this site. I welcome any input from people, Photographs, stories, all are welcome. I am no expert, so if you spot a mistake please tell me. If I have listed the wrong man I will gladly make amends.  you can contact me at anthoneyhogan13@aol.com  This site is for the men on the memorial, a remembrance of who they where, a way a making sure they are not forgotten.

   

' When you go home, tell them of us, and say,
for your tomorrow, we gave our today. '

 

 

                      

                                                                      The First Memorial

                    

                                                                    The Second Memorial

                    Photographs of the Panels can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top of this page

                                                    This site started construction in January 2008

                                                                          Anthony Hogan

" As an ex Scottie Roader, I am proud and honoured to be asked by you to say a few words. It is remarkable that in times of abject poverty in one of the most poorest areas of the country, never mind the city, that men, many voluntarily, laid down their lives for a freedom and democracy that they themselves would have had every right to feel was bypassing them anyway. There has always been the haves and the have nots and none more so than in those dark depressing years leading up to the great wars. It is with heartfelt passion that I feel that those sacrifices made cannot be overstated enough. "

                                                              Local Author Ged Fagan

        I would like to thank The Commonwealth War Graves Commission for allowing me to use their database to research the men on this memorial, and for their kindness in allowing certificates from their web site collection to be reproduced here.  By clicking on the link next to a servicemans name, you will be directed to the CWGC web site, where a certificate for the individual can be viewed.

You can view the CWGC site, with its vast database listing the 1.7 million men and woman of the commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars.  at http://www.cwgc.org/content.asp?menuid=4&id=4&menuname=Education&menu=main

A thank you also to Liverpool Records Office, Liverpool Libraries, for their kind permission to allow photographs from their collection to be viewed on this web site. You can visit the Liverpool Records Office, Liverpool Libraries web page, with its vast collection of data at  http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Local_history_and_heritage/index.asp

You can also search for and view photographs from their collection at the Port Cities, Liverpool web site  http://www.mersey-gateway.org/

Local Author Ged Fagan has been very kind and helpful, offering help and advice on the area, as well as allowing photographs from his Inacityliving web site to be reproduced here. His site contains a huge amount of Liverpool photographs, many of places long gone. A must for anyone with an interest in the area, a chance to rekindle old memories. http://www.inacityliving.piczo.com/?cr=7

Also a big thank you to Father Graeme Dunne at Our Lady Of Reconciliation Church, for allowing me to photograph the memorial, and present it on this web site.

Many other people have kindly given their help to this web site, with research and historical events, to people across the world allowing photographs to be used. Many others have taking the time to give valuable input. I thank each and every one of you, together we have made a fitting remembrance to these brave men.

                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Opening Of The Liverpool Cenotaph in November 1930. Photographs courtesy of Liverpool Records Office.

                               All photographs below come under the reference           Hf 942.7213 CEN           

 The Cenotaph was built to remember Liverpool's dead in the Great War, later it would remember the dead in world war two, and other wars and conflicts. It is where Liverpool holds its remembrance day ceremony each November. A fitting tribute to the fallen.

                 Unveiling the Cenotaph and a view of the crowds taken from the Wellington column.

                                          

 

                          Unveiled by the Earl of Derby, covered in a Union Jack Flag and 12,000 poppies

 

                                        Unveiling the Cenotaph and a night time floodlit view 

      

                               The Cenotaph 2005. The sun is going down, and we will remember them.