Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial

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Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial

The Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial is a 11.5-metre-high, granite four-sided obelisk which stands on Grange Hill, West Kirby, Merseyside. It was designed by British sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885-1934), who also designed the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in London. It commemorates the men and women of West Kirby and Hoylake who gave their lives in World Wars I and II.

On two sides of the obelisk stand bronze figures symbolising war and peace. On the west face is a figure of a robed woman holding a baby, a wreath of poppies and broken manacles. On the east face stands a British infantry soldier dressed for winter and standing guard with standard issue .303 rifle, bayonet fixed, a gas mask, water bottle, putties and his helmet pushed off the back of his head, and a German helmet at his feet .

Inscriptions around the base read :

The Memorial is in the care of Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.

A recasting of the soldier figure now forms part of the "Drivers and Wipers" Memorial at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia.

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