SD8010 : Gallipoli Gardens, The Lancashire Fusiliers War Memorial

taken 4 years ago, near to Fishpool, Bury, Great Britain

Gallipoli Gardens, The Lancashire Fusiliers War Memorial
Gallipoli Gardens, The Lancashire Fusiliers War Memorial
The war memorial to the Lancashire Fusiliers (formerly the 20th Foot Regiment) is located in Gallipoli Gardens, Bury. It was designed by the nationally renowned architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens and was first unveiled on 25 April 1922.

The memorial was originally located outside the entrance of the Wellington Barracks on Bolton Road. However, the barracks were largely demolished during the 1970s and the memorial's location was adjusted slightly in response to this. The Fusilier Museum remained at the Bolton Road site until 2009 when it moved to its current location in the Grade II listed former Arts & Crafts Centre overlooking the former Sparrow Park which was renamed Gallipoli Gardens as a memorial garden for those Fusiliers who lost their lives during the First World War (LinkExternal link Manchester Evening News). The Lancashire Fusiliers suffered heavy losses in the Gallipoli campaign; there were more than 500 Lancashire casualties, including men from Bury, on the first day alone and the regiment famously won "six Victoria Crosses before breakfast”.

The war memorial, which is a Grade II listed structure (English Heritage ID: 433293 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) was subsequently dismantled, repaired, restored and re-erected adjacent to the newly re-located museum. The memorial is made from Portland stone and in the form of a tapered obelisk approximately 4 metres tall with a square base incorporating a moulded cornice. The obelisk is set upon a rectangular pedestal which is itself set upon a rectangular plinth. The whole memorial is set upon two shallow circular steps.

The front (west) and rear (east) faces of the obelisk incorporate carvings of the regimental badge and the inscription 'XX' in gilded lettering encircled by a wreath. Immediately beneath the wreath on the obelisk's west side is the inscription 'OMNIA AUDAX'. Flanking the obelisk are life-size regimental flags executed in coloured enamelled stone; that to the north side represents the King's Colour; that to the south side represents the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers' Colour. Inscriptions on the lower part of the memorial are on the west face in gilded lettering and include:

MCM
XIV
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MCM
XIX
on the obelisk base and:

TO THE
LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
THEIR
DEEDS AND SACRIFICES
FOR / KING AND COUNTRY
on the upper part of the pedestal.

MCMXXXIX
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MCMXLV
on the lower part of the pedestal, and:

AND ALL FUSILIERS WHO DIED
IN SUBSEQUENT CAMPAIGNS
on the plinth (SD8010 : Fusiliers Memorial Inscriptions).
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 24 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 27 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre  People, Events  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8032 1067 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:35.5340N 2:17.9278W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8032 1066
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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