The Centenary of Mercer Park War Memorial – 100 years old on Friday, 6th November 2020
A memorial service conducted by Rev. Toby Webber was carried out on Friday 6th November 2020 where a 5-minute silence was held at the War Memorial to commemorate its centenary.
The memorial was sculptured by John Cassidy and unveiled on the 6th November 1920 by Major-General A. Solly-Flood. It was the first such memorial to be erected and led to the formation of all the different Royal British Legion branches, with the Clayton Branch being the first and which will celebrate its centenary on September 21st next year.
The memorial commemorates the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953) and the Afghanistan War. There are 255 names on the memorial and the mother of the last of those, Private Jason Rawstron, was in attendance to honour her son and all those named on the Memorial. Also present was former Mayoress, Melanie Storey, Councillor Tim O’Kane, Royal British Legion member Ricky Reed, BEM, and Mrs Hilary Fearne.