SD8131 : Burnley Cemetery War Memorial

taken 4 years ago, near to Padiham, Lancashire, Great Britain

Burnley Cemetery War Memorial
Burnley Cemetery War Memorial
The War Memorial in Burnley Cemetery stands close to the Rossendale Road entrance. Created in 1924, it includes a screen wall which records the names of 174 servicemen buried in the cemetery between 1914 and 1924. The memorial also incorporates an Imperial War Graves Commission Cross of Sacrifice. The cemetery also contains 93 scattered burials of the Second World War.

LinkExternal link WWI Cemeteries for details of the names.
Burnley Cemetery
Burnley Cemetery was created in 1856 on the outskirts of Burnley, about three miles to the south-west of the town centre. The cemetery is rectangular and sits above the Green Brook valley with views across the countryside to Hameldon Hill. The original entrance lodge and arch remain, as do the 1923 entrance gates, chapel and lodge. A crematorium with remembrance parkland was created in 1958 on land adjoining the northern boundary of the original cemetery.
Cross of Sacrifice
The Cross of Sacrifice or “War Cross” is a feature in most cemeteries with 50 or more war graves. It was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield (LinkExternal link Wikipedia) for the Imperial War Graves Commission (now Commonwealth War Graves Commission LinkExternal link ).

The monument is normally a tall, freestanding, carefully proportioned four-point limestone Latin cross standing on an octagonal base. Depending upon the size of the cemetery, it can range in height from 18 to 32 feet (4.5 to 9 metres). A downward-pointing bronze broadsword is depicted on the face of the cross. Together, the sword and cross embody the military and spiritual nature of the cemetery; the cross symbolises the faith of the majority of the war dead and the sword represents the military character of the cemetery.

There are many of them in war cemeteries in France and the Commonwealth and also around this country including Peel Green Cemetery at Salford SJ7497 : Peel Green Cemetery War Memorial (Cross of Sacrifice), Leigh Cemetery SJ6899 : Leigh Cemetery War Memorial (Cross of Sacrifice), Newark-on-Trent Cemetery SK8052 : Newark-on-Trent Cemetery, Cross of Sacrifice, Widnes Cemetery SJ5187 : Widnes Cemetery, Cross of Sacrifice and others.

Most of the memorials have this inscription on the base:
THIS CROSS OF SACRIFICE IS ONE IN DESIGN
AND INTENTION WITH THOSE WHICH HAVE
BEEN SET UP IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM AND
OTHER PLACES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
WHERE OUR DEAD OF THE
GREAT WAR ARE LAID TO REST,

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
SJ6899 : Cross of Sacrifice - Base
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Date Taken
Friday, 20 March, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 22 March, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  People, Events  Burial ground, Crematorium 
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Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 817 318 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:46.9590N 2:16.7342W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 817 318
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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