Normanton Liberal Club War Memorial Postcard

This week’s postcard depicts two men posing with a war memorial in the 1920s:SKM_C284e18062612550 - CopyFrom the inscription it is clear that this memorial was presented by the Normanton Liberal Club:SKM_C284e18062612550 - Copy - CopyThe memorial depicts a British tommy in his uniform and webbing, at ease with his rifle:SKM_C284e18062612550 - Copy - Copy (2)Some research has allowed me to identify this memorial as one that stands in the gardens of the Cartmel Grange Nursing Home in Grange over Sands and it is made of cast concrete. Presumably this material was chosen because it was a cheaper option that having a cast metal or a carved stone memorial. The memorial originally stood in front of the nursing home that had been built as a convalescent home for members of the Club and Institutes Union. Until recently however he stood in another part of the grounds in disrepair and filthy, with badly patched feet:Grange albert 1Happily about ten years ago funds were found to allow the statue to be restored and returned to his original position near the nursing home:Grange Albert newIn 1919 the Royal Academy had organised an exhibition of war memorial designs to inspire local communities who wished to erect their own local memorials. They also issued a catalogue of standard designs that could be shown to architects and stone masons when producing memorials as there were no central funds for memorials, all local monuments being paid for by their local communities by public subscription of private donations. Depending on the wealth of a community memorials could range from a simple stone with a brass plaque to a full set of cast bronze statues surrounding a marble obelisk. Today these memorials remain at the heart of British communities and are still a focus for remembrance.

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