Wirral Council is responsible for a number of war memorials across the borough. These are listed on the InMemoriam2014 web site.

Adding a name to a War Memorial

Requests for adding names to War Memorials in Wirral should be made to the War Memorials Officer using the details below. Please supply as many details as possible especially, name, rank, serial number and regiment

[email protected]
War Memorials Officer
Wirral Council
Cheshire Lines Building
Canning Street
Birkenhead
CH41 1ND

Please find below the criteria for how the council deals with requests for names of the deceased to be added to a war memorials in Wirral.

First World War Centenary

For the Centenary of the First World War, we have planted a small area along those memorials that have a grass or flower area with poppy seeds. It is hoped that they will be a fitting remembrance in years to come and in particular on Remembrance Sundays.

We are currently working with other councils and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on the WW1 Centenary flagstones for Victoria Cross Recipients. It is planned to place all the flagstones in the area fronting the cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday 2018

The Cenotaph, Hamilton Square

The low level memorials created around the Cenotaph in 2012 commemorate the following:

• Recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross(including those transferred to the George Cross in 1940 & 1971 along with those that have passed on that did not transfer)
• The fallen from 1914-1918
• The fallen from 1939-1945
• Those who have fallen since 1945 (Post 1945 Memorial)
• Individuals from the Merchant Navy during World Wars One and Two
• The Boer War
• Far East Prisoners of War
• The Civilian and Emergency Services.

The new memorial allows access for any member of the public to pay their respects at any time of the day or night. It also allows people to physically touch the name of their relative and feel closer to them during their private moment of contemplation.

In 2014 we employed a local specialist stone mason company to clean the cenotaph and re-paint the names on the main plaques in the original white paint system used when it was first erected in 1925. This will allow people to clearly view the names on the top of the cenotaph and ensure they are clearly visible for many years to come.

Hamilton Square Regimental Plaques

Part of the three year phased work included the re-alignment of the Regimental Plaques either side of the cenotaph. We are constantly adding new plaques and the latest one in September 2014 was for the Royal Marines 350th birthday.

Hamilton Square was chosen for the new memorial as it is part of the Annual Remembrance Service; and close to public transport. It also has the advantage of disabled access and parking close by. A small metal protective bar has been placed to the front and rear of the memorial to allow the public to place crosses and mementoes close to their relative’s name on the plaque.

Prenton Memorial

In 2014 we employed a local specialist stone mason company to clean and re-highlight the names on the main plaques in the original white paint system used when it was first erected. This will allow people to clearly view the names on the memorial and ensure they are clearly visible for many years to come.

We have also worked with local residents in planting Daffodils on the bank along Osmaston Road and a scheme of planting other flowers is under way for 2014/15.

Victoria Cross Memorial

A plaque has also been recently unveiled at Wallasey Town Hall which lists all the Victoria Cross holders within the Wirral Peninsular. In addition to the plaque depicting the Victoria Cross holders, there is a detailed description of each recipient’s citation kindly put together by Mr. Denis Rose.

Cockleshell Heroes

In December 2012, we were delighted to have Lord Ashdown (who is also a former Royal Marine) unveil the new memorial to the Cockleshell Heroes along the Woodside promenade. This was particularly important as one of the Marines who took part in the operation was Albert Laver from Birkenhead. An annual service of remembrance is held at the memorial every December organised by the local Royal Marines Association.

HMS Birkenhead

The HMS Birkenhead tragedy resulted in today’s “Women and Children First” maritime rule. The memorial was suggested to the authority by Andy Liston of New Brighton lifeboat station. HMS Birkenhead was built by Cammell Laird in 1845. John Syvret, Cammell Laird Chief Executive, agreed to allow Cammell Laird apprentices to build the memorial, with the company funding the materials. The memorial was unveiled by the Lord Lt Dame Lorna in March 2014.

HMS Thetis

A memorial to this local tragedy was suggested by Mr Derek Arnold, a relative of one of the survivors and was unveiled in June 2014 by the Lord Lt Dame Lorna. The memorial consists of two plaques on the top of the memorial and the story of the tragedy is on the land side of the memorial. The names of those lost are depicted on the river side of the memorial.

Ongoing work

Cleaning of the memorials was carried out in 2013 and the Eastham and West Kirby Memorials were re-waxed in late 2014. Wirral Council have a rolling programme of repairs and maintenance to the memorials used for remembrance day services. This ensures respect is given to those who have paid the ultimate price in defence of their country.

Birkenhead Bantams

Volunteers from 5’ to 5’ 3” converged on Birkenhead Town Hall to form the 16th and 17th Birkenhead Bantams after Alfred Bigland, a Member of Parliament for Birkenhead 1910 – 1918 persuaded the War Office to drop the minimum height for army recruits to enable the bantams to be formed.

The new memorial was unveiled on 30th November 2014 on the centenary of the formation of the Bantams after it was suggested by local author Stephen McGreal.

Further information about war memorials:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The War Memorials Trust