World War 1 & 2 - Summary information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2004
The Bolton Town War Memorial stands
in Victoria Square, Bolton and was built by Mr Walter Marsden. It takes
the form of an arch with flanking groups of figures representing 'Struggle'
on one side and 'Sacrifice' on the other. A cross is mounted at the
centre of the arch. 'Struggle' depicts a seated female figure representing
Peace who tries to restrain a semi-nude young male figure who is crouched
in her lap and is anxious to be released from her grip. Peace is clothed
in a shawl and looks ahead as she holds the male by the upper arms.
The male figure looks up to Peace as he strains for release. 'Sacrifice'
depicts the seated female figure of Peace with arms outstretched as
the semi-male youth lies dead across her lap. The head of the young
male is tipped back over her left knee and Peace looks down into his
face. It was unveiled 14 July 1928 by the 17th Earl of Derby.
Copyright © Janice Pedder 2004
OF THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF BOLTON WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1919
Lest we forget.
the time of the unveiling in July 1928, of the Bolton war memorial, designed
by Mr A J Hope, it was regretted that the
two groups of bronze figures 'Peace Restraining War' and 'Peace Seeing
the Horrors of War' were not at the time ready, and might not be until
Armistice Day 1929. It was not in fact
until just before Armistice Day 1932 that the bronzes were
finally placed in position on the memorial after considerable
complaint and correspondence in the local press. The sculptor, Mr W Marsden
of South kensington, had apparently been 'waiting for inspiration'."
THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS,
NCOS AND MEN OF THE BOLTON ARTILLERY
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
Lest we forget
transcription available at present
24 July, 2019