This memorial is sited just inside the main entrance to Audenshaw Cemetery and it records the names of 158 citizens who died during the Great War (1914-1918). The names of another 61 citizens who died during the Second World War (1939-1945) are also commemorated.
Audenshaw War Memorial,
13 April 2008.
The memorial comprises of a bronze statue of a soldier, wearing battle dress, who is holding a rifle with both hands. The statue stands on the granite capital of a square-section column of black marble mounted on top of a square stepped pedestal of granite. The names of the servicemen are inscribed on each face of the column and supplementary names are inscribed on the pedestal at the back. Further inscriptions are placed on all four sides, both on the capital and on the pedestal. The statue is 6 feet high and the overall height of the pedestal and column is 15 feet.
Inclined black marble tablets are placed on all four sides and these record the names of servicemen who died during the Second World War.
Audenshaw War Memorial was listed Grade II on the 14 July 1987, List Entry No. 1356483.
The commission for the memorial sculpture was awarded to the London sculptor, Percy George Bentham RBS of The Studio, Gunter Grove, off Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, and it was cast at the Albion Art Foundry (E J Parlanti) of Parsons Green, Fulham, London. The memorial was erected by the Dukinfield firm of monumental masons, W M Hewitt & Sons (formerly Hewitt Brothers) of Crescent Road, Dukinfield, at a cost of £1,270.
The unveiling ceremony and service of dedication, on Saturday, 27 November 1920, commenced with a procession of some 7,000 people from Coronation Square to the cemetery, that is, from Audenshaw Road by way of Stamford Road and Shepley Road to Cemetery Road. The unveiling was by Councillor W Richardson in the presence of the clergy and Austin Hopkinson (Member of Parliament for the Mossley constituency, of which Audenshaw was then part) as well an estimated gathering of 10,000 people. The memorial was dedicated by the Rev. W H Jefferies (Congregational Church). Prayers were led by the Rev. A C Sinclair (Vicar of Audenshaw), the lesson was read by the Rev. G M Beard (United Methodist Church) and the Rev. W E Wallis (Wesleyan Church) was also in attendance.
Roll of Honour, Great War
|Henry ALLCOCK Kenneth W. ALLMAN Frank ARDEN Harry ASHWORTH Gilbert AXON William Henry BATKIN Alfred BAXTER John BEAN William George BEAUCHAMP John BEILBY Joseph BENSON Arnold BEVERLEY James BIGGS George BIGGS Mark BINKS Joseph BISHOP Wilfred BLAKEBROUGH William Henry BOGIE John BOWMAN Harold BRADBURN Wilfred BRADBURN John BRADY Victor BRAMALL Charles BROMLEY Edwin BROWN Frederick BULLOCK John BURGESS Richard BURGESS Arnold CASTLE Ernest CHADDERTON Thomas CHAPMAN Harry Jackson CHORLTON Arthur CLARKSON John CLAYTON William Charles COOPER Benjamin CORK||Thomas CURRAN John DAWSON William DODD Wilfred DUNKERLEY Harold EDWARDS Herbert S. ELLIS Richard FISHER Arthur FISHER Walter FISHER George FRATER Joseph GREATOREX Arthur GREEN Albert Edward GREENHALGH Frank GREENHALGH John R. GREENHALGH GUNNELL David (aka GUNNING) Samuel HADFIELD Arthur HAGERTY Joseph HALL Alfred HARRISON John HARRISON Joseph HARRISON Norman HARRISON Albert William HARTLEY George Thomas HASLOP Albert HAYES Herbert HIBBERT Thomas B. HICKINBOTTOM George HIGGINBOTTOM Harold HILTON James T. HORTON Charles Henry HULSE George HUXLEY Herbert HUXLEY George JARRATT Henry JOHNSON||George W. JONES Harold JONES Joseph JONES William H. JONES Fred KELLEY Harry KINDER James KIRBY Frederick Vernon KNOTT Leonard Sandham KNOTT Anthony LANGAN Joseph H. LAYNTON Joseph B. LESLIE Frank LODGE Edward LORD Percy LOWE George MABEN Egbert MACKERETH Frank McNEISH Harry McNEISH James MAIR George MARKHAM Alfred MARSHALL M.M. Walter MEADEN Harry MEE Arthur MELIA Alfred METCALF James S. MILLAR James MILLS Percy MOORES Harry NAISH Edgar NEWTON George ORTON Sidney T ORTON Norman PARTINGTON Edward Garfield PAWLEY Joseph PEARSON||Samuel PICKERING Frederick Arthur PICKLES M.C. William RAWSON Albert RICHARDSON Hedley RICHARDSON David ROBERTS Fred ROGERSON Harry ROGERSON John ROWLAND Thomas ROYDS Andrew SCHOFIELD Ralph SCHOFIELD Benjamin SHATWELL John SHAW Ernest SHUFFLEBOTTOM Fred SMITH Frederick SPINKS Harry STAFFORD Ernest STAPLETON Fred SUTCLIFFE Reginald Thomas H. SUTHERLAND Walter TAYLOR Fred TORKINGTON Harry WARD Walter WHITEHEAD Alfred WILDE John WILDE Charles WILDGOOSE William Vincent WILLIAMS James Albert WILLIAMSON Walter G. WILSHAW John WISE John Thomas WOODS Frederick Graham WORSLEY William Hubert WRIGHT James FLINDLE|
|Frank BALLARD Joe BRADLEY Harry BURBIDGE John CALDERWOOD Arnold CHADDERTON||George H. DUTTON Harry GRIMSHAW Frank HAMER Fred JORDAN||Maurice LIVINGSTON Frederick John LONGSDALE William SMITH William TAYLOR James HAMPSON|
1393 Private Percy Tilbury of the 1/9th (Ashton Territorials/Ashton Pals) Battalion, Manchester Regiment:
Although he was born at Audenshaw, he is not commemorated on the Audenshaw War Memorial but he is commemorated on the Ashton-under-Lyne War Memorial.
He entered Theatre of War 2b (Gallipoli/Dardanelles) on the 9 May 1915 and he was killed in action by shrapnel on the 12 July 1915, aged 22 years. He is commemorated on Special Memorial B.70 in the Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey (including Gallipoli).
Percy Tilbury was born at Hooley Hill, Audenshaw, in 1893 to Alfred Henry Tilbury and Annie Battersby who were married at St Mary’s Church, Lancaster, in 1882. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, employed as a piecer in a cotton mill. At the time of his enlistment he was employed at Shepley Linoleum Mill, Shepley Road, Audenshaw, where his father also worked.
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Roll of Honour, Second World War
|ALLEN George Leslie ARDERN William Howard BARBER Eric Spencer BARLOW Edward BRIDGE Raymond BRIDGE Sydney BUCKLEY Gordon Henry CALVERLEY George CHADWICK James William COOPER Herbert W COOPER Jack DAVIES Harold DAVY Edgar DRIVER Herbert Firth ELLY Harry||FISH Thomas FLETCHER Brian HARWOOD Norman HARLAND Clarence William HEPTONSTALL George Russell HODKIN William HUNT James JACKSON Samuel Peake JARVIS Joseph KENNEDY George James KEWLEY George Douglas LANGRIDGE Frederick William MELLOR John Othniel MERCER Alfred NADEN Ernest||MITCHELL Joseph MUTCH Samuel NICHOLLS Frank NORRIS Harold OGDEN Fred OWENS Hugh Thomas PAYNE Cyril PLATT Arnold POWNALL Frank PRICE William Oswald PRINGLE John Henry RAMSBOTTOM Norman SHAW James SLATER Rupert William SMITH Arthur DINGWALL Harold||SMELLIE Robert SWINDELL John Edward SWINDELL Major William Harry TAYLOR Eric TAYLOR Fred TAYLOR James TAYLOR William TRAVIS Joseph WEBB Alfred Thomas WHITEOAK Arthur Wilson WILLIS Geoffrey Charles WREN George WOOLLEY Arthur YOUNG Harold ROGERS Eric|
Roll of Honour, Supplementary, Second World War
|CLIFFORD Wilfred LYNCH Harry Ponsonby||O'REILLY James SHAW Joshua|
Rolls of Honour for Audenshaw Cemetery
Thirty four casualties have been identified who are buried in the cemetery, twenty from the Great War and fourteen from the Second World War.
|1914-1918 ALLMAN Kenneth W AXON Gilbert BEAN John FLINDLE James GUNNELL David (aka GUNNING) HAMPSON James HARRISON Joseph HASLOP George Thomas HIBBERT Herbert HICKINBOTTOM Thomas B HIGGINBOTHAM Matthew HOBKIRK Charles MASSEY Matthew ROBERTS David ROWLAND John ROYDS Thomas SHUFFLEBOTTOM Ernest STAFFORD John William SUTHERLAND Reginald Thomas||1939-1945 BRADSHAW George BRIDGE Raymond CALVERLEY George COOPER Jack GREEN Leslie HARRISON Sidney HEPTONSTALL George Russell PRESCOTT John PRESTWICH William John RILEY Wilfred SCHOLES Ronald St. PAUL Arthur WILDE John Harrison WOOLLEY Arthur|
Roll of Honour, Great War, Churchyard of St Stephen's Church
|BLAGDEN James||LIDDELL John R H|
Roll of Honour, Great War, Guide Lane Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Marble tablet now in the care of Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-u-Lyne.
|ARDEN Frank BRINDLEY Joseph W† GREENHALGH Frank HALLIWELL Ernest W<!>||MABEN George RICHARDSON Hedley SUTHERLAND Reginald T H TWO UNIDENTIFIED|
†Joseph Wilfrid BRINDLEY was born at Audenshaw in 1894 and he died at Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, in 1921, aged 26 years. His death is unrecorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Roll of Honour, Second World War, Churchyard of St Stephen's Church
Roll of Honour, Second World War, Memorial in St Hilda's Church
|CRABTREE W ETCHELLS F FAWCETT A GILMOUR R HOWARD K||HUNT L NUTTALL W RAIN R WOOLLEY A|