History

1914 – The scroll of fame – Local Men with the Colours – reproduced from the Deeside Advertiser on Friday, November 6th, 1914 lists the Hoylake and West Kirby contingents and was kindly provided by Stephen Roberts

1919 – The Sculptor – Early in March 1919, the vice-chairmen (Sir James Hope Simpson and Mr. John E. Perrin) and the hon. treasurer (Sir Alfred Paton, K.B.E.) were asked to consult the Royal Academy, London, with a view to obtaining the best possible advice as to the selection of a sculptor for the monument.  At the Royal Academy they met Sir George Frampton, R.A., who had been appointed by the Academy to advise the committee on the matter, and than whom no more competent authority could be found. Without hesitation, he recommended a pupil of the late Professor Lanteri, Lieut. C.S. Jagger, M.C., who during the war was an officer in the Royal Artillery, afterwards resuming his work as a sculptor in London. Lieut. Jagger had already made a name for himself by winning the Grand Prix de Romo in 1914, and had since the war been commissioned by the Government authorities to execute for the Imperial War Museum a work in relief representing the counter-attack of the 2nd Worcesters at Gheluvelt, in the first battle of Ypres, which, like the bronze figures on the Grange Hill monument, was subsequently exhibited at the Royal Academy.

The sub-committee visited Lieut. Jagger’s studio and was impressed with the high character of his work, and on their return strongly recommended Lieut. Jagger to the Executive Committee as likely to produce a memorial which, in conception and completion, would well represent the tribute, which everyone felt, should be paid to the heroic dead. Lieut. Jagger was accepted as the sculptor for the War Memorial, and a Monument Sub-Committee was appointed. During 1919 many meetings were held, including a number on Grange Hill, and finally it was unanimously agreed to accept the design submitted by Lieut. Jagger. It need hardly be said that the work of the sculptor has given the highest satisfaction and merited a great volume of praise. The monument, while being the pride of Deeside, is the envy of larger places for many miles around.

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1922 – The War Memorial has just seen the 90th anniversary of its dedication which took place in December 1922.  The dedication was attended by 4000 people and was unveiled by Earl Birkenhead.  An article of the event was published in the Birkenhead News on Wednesday, December 20th, 1922 and was kindly provided by Stephen Roberts.  The Hoylake and West Kirby Advertiser, Friday, December 22nd, 1922 published tributes and the speeches from the unveiling.