Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Memorial to a slaughter


War memorials very often take the form of a statue of a ‘Tommy Atkins’ soldier from the First World war, just like this one in the centre of Biddulph (in north Staffordshire). 

The slaughter of the 1914-18 conflict is highlighted by the fact that double the amount of names are recorded for the First World War on this monument as for the Second.

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  1. Hello, I found an old photograph of my great grandfathers and it looks like this statue. Can you tell me anything else about this statue and the names on it. V. Ryan

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    1. Hi Val.
      This type of war memorial - showing a typical 'Tommy' soldier of the time - is quite common in Britain, but the pose can be subtly different accrding to how the sculptor fashioned it, so I guess if it looks the same, it could well be the one in your photo.

      The memorial shown shown here is sited on a fork in the road in the town centre of Biddulph on a base that is (I'd guess) about six feet high. Did your great grandfather have connections with North Staffordshire?

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