Photo-a-Day (Tuesday, 27th April, 2021)
Photo: Joanne (iPhone)
Lovely, sharp, photo Joanne.
Something I have not heard of before.
The memorial is beside the entrance to St John's church in Standishgate, and was unveiled on 5/11/1922. The brass plaque beneath the crucifix bears the following dedication:
“In glad and grateful memory of the men of Wigan, who gave their lives for us in the Great War 1914-1918. May they rest in peace and may God accept their sacrifice.”
A good reflection of the Griffin Joanne.
Fitting tribute, nice photo Joanne. May I ask, the reflection in the window, which hotel is it ?
I love these wayside shrines, personal tributes to the men of the parish. It's good to see it's not been vandalised as the one at St Pat's has been. Next time I am in the vicinity I must read the plaque. I've passed it many a time. St John's is a beautiful church as is St Mary's.
Thank you for the photo Joanne.I have passed this Memorial several times, and I am very emotional when I see it, I always pause to say a silent prayer.
Lovely photo. and a fitting tribute. Nice to see The Griffin pub reflected in the window. Wasn't that Billy Boston's pub at one time? I have a photo on my wall of my Auntie Sally leaving the pit after her shift as a bit brow lass and I believe it was once on display in either The Griffin or The Bowling Green pub.
Thank you, Joanne, for giving the date of the unveiling of the Memorial - looking at my revision of the record on the IWM site, I see I've given the year as 1920.... I will correct it forthwith.
Lovely photo Joanne and the dedication words are very moving. Thankyou.
Rev David Long, I’d taken the information from the IWM site, so it was my mistake if the date differed to that which was stated. Very sorry to cause confusion.
wigginlad, its the griffin, Billy Boston's old pub.
Although I am not a Roman Catholic, I find it incredible, having been born in and have lived in Wigan all my life, that is my first knowledge of this crucifix and plaque. As other contributors have posted, a moving and fitting tribute.
I agree Veronica,St.Mary's is a lovely church.
Sorry, Joanne - I've caused the confusion - the IWM record is my revision of an earlier incomplete record. I'd given the correct date for the unveiling under that heading - but given a date in 1920 under the 'References' section at the bottom of the record.