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ArtistMaker: Tweed; John (designer and artist) and W.T. Curtis (architect)
TitleOfWork: Barnsley War Memorial
DescriptionOfPhoto: View of panel of rear of memorial
DateOfCreation: 1925
Dimensions: Height: c. 8 m; Width: 5.5 m; Depth: 3.3 m
Medium: Halifax sandstone and bronze
Location: Between Church Street and the Town Hall. (SE434407)
AtoZReference: p.13 5G
Postcode: S70 2TA
Street: Church Street
TownOrVillage: Barnsley
AreaInTown: Town Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b016b
Description: A complex stone cenotaph. The facade facing Church Street has a carved stone wreath above the main inscription. The 2.4 m high bronze statue on top of the cenotaph shows a helmeted infantryman in a greatcoat, his rifle grounded, standing at ease.

On the rear facade, facing the Town Hall, is a panel showing the winged female figure of Victory. She holds a standard, topped by a wreath, in her left hand and a grounded shield in her right. The shield is decorated with a head.
Width of the cenotaph is 550 cm and the depth 330 cm. The width of the relief panel at the rear is 110 cm and its height is c. 210 cm. Total height of the monument is c. 8 m. [1]

Inscriptions: These are all cut into the stone and picked out in gold paint:

On the right side: ' THEIR NAME / LIVETH FOR EVERMORE '
On the front facade: ' IN / HONOURED MEMORY / OF / THE MEN AND WOMEN / OF / BARNSLEY / WHO / LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES / IN / THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 / ______ / 1939-1945 '

Commission: War Memorial Sub-Committee of Barnsley Town Council selected the site, raised the money by public subscription and organised the erection of the monument. It was unveiled Sunday, 11th October, 1925 by General Sir Charles Harington, G.B.E., K.C.B., D.S.O. [1]

References: [1] 'Unveiling of the Barnsley War Memorial: Programme of Arrangements' Leaflet produced by County Borough of Barnsley. 1925.

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