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Rochdale War Memorial

Like the Cenotaph in London (and the one in Manchester) Rochdale’s War Memorial was designed by Edwin Lutyens.

It lies opposite the Town Hall, but not facing it, with a memorial gardens behind.

Inscribed “1914-1919 and 1939-1945”. The carved wreath encloses the arms of Rochdale:-

Rochdale War Memorial

The Stone of Remembrance faces the Town Hall and is inscribed, “Their name liveth for evermore.” The small bronze plaque reads, “To all those who died in the service of their country”:-

Rochdale War Memorial 2

Strictly speaking the memorial is not a cenotaph (empty tomb) as it has a figure of a recumbent soldier wrapped in his greatcoat at its summit:-

Rochdale War Memorial 3

Rochdale War Memorial Gardens which serve as Rochdale’s memorial to the Second World War:-

Rochdale War Memorial Gardens

A Gallipoli Memorial lies between the Main War memorial and the Memorial Gardens:-

Gallipoli Memorial, Rochdale

The Memorial Gardens, inscribed as a Memorial to the Rochdale members of the Lancashire Fusiliers :-

Rochdale Lancashire Fusiliers Memorial

In front of and behind the Memorial – at right angles to the Town Hall – are two memorial benches:-

Rochdale War Memorial Bench

Rochdale War Memorial Bench, 1939-1945

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