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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 27th April, 2021)

WW1 Memorial

WW1 Memorial
St John’s Men of Wigan Wayside Crucifix. https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/27657

Photo: Joanne  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Fred Mason on 27th April 2021 at 00:07

Lovely, sharp, photo Joanne.

Something I have not heard of before.

Comment by: Joanne on 27th April 2021 at 00:07

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.”

Comment by: Mick on 27th April 2021 at 06:56

A good reflection of the Griffin Joanne.

Comment by: wigginlad on 27th April 2021 at 07:54

Fitting tribute, nice photo Joanne. May I ask, the reflection in the window, which hotel is it ?

Comment by: Veronica on 27th April 2021 at 08:05

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.

Comment by: Edna on 27th April 2021 at 08:18

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.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 27th April 2021 at 08:30

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.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 27th April 2021 at 08:54

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.

Comment by: lock lass on 27th April 2021 at 08:54

Lovely photo Joanne and the dedication words are very moving. Thankyou.

Comment by: Joanne on 27th April 2021 at 10:55

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.

Comment by: TerryW on 27th April 2021 at 13:24

wigginlad, its the griffin, Billy Boston's old pub.

Comment by: DerekB on 27th April 2021 at 16:30

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.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 27th April 2021 at 17:38

I agree Veronica,St.Mary's is a lovely church.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 27th April 2021 at 19:23

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.

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