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Bradford /  World War I Memorial   Bradford /  World War I Memorial


Cenotaph supported by bronze figures of a soldier and a sailor lunging forwards with fixed bayonets (NB the bayonets were deliberately bent and twisted and when the memorial was cleaned in 1969 soon afterwards they were not replaced. Instead, they are kept by the council and placed on the rifles for ceremonial occasions).

On the top two sides of the cenotaph are RAF wings. At the top of the front and rear face are a carved wreath and garland surmounting a cross. The wreath on the front face has the text pro / patria / mori (they died for their country) and the one on the rear side a swine's head with a horn on a scroll.

Bradford / World War I Memorial Bradford / World War I Memorial


Inscription on a tablet on the front side of the cenotaph,
placed in 1969:
This tablet replaces the original inscription, which read
to the immortal honour of the
men and women of the
city of bradford
who served
1914-1918    1939-1945
and in other conflict
in proud and
grateful remembrance
to the immortal honour of the men
of the city of bradford who served
their king and empire in the great
war, 1914 - 1918 this memorial erected
by their fellow citizens is dedicated
in proud and grateful remembrance,
1st july, 1922
unveiled by alderman a. gadie, j.p.
lieut-col. t.f., lord mayor 1920-21
their name liveth for evermore

Below the tablet:


The years 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 are on tablets on smaller cenotaphs at the left and right side of the steps in front of the main cenotaph.


The monument, designed by City Architect Walter Williamson, was significantly unveiled on the 6th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, when the Bradford ‘Pals' Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment suffered massive and severe casualties. Lieutenant Colonel Alderman Anthony Gadie, who served in France and was a former Lord Mayor of Bradford, carried out the official commemoration, with a dedication read by the Vicar of Bradford, Archdeacon W. Stanton Jones.

Bradford / World War I Memorial
In the background the statue of Queen Victoria


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Item Code: gbyh011; Photograph: 31 July 2012
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