Grantham Liberal Club [Lost]

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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
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  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A memorial has been placed in the Liberal Club, Grantham, recording the names of all the members who served in the Forces during the war, these numbering 139, of whom five members, unhappily, made the great sacrifice. The memorial takes the form of a handsomely illuminated scroll, framed in oak. It is surmounted by a Crown and the Borough Coat of Arms. And underneath thThe design of the scroll, which is entirely of vellum (given by Messrs. A. and J. Shaw. Ltd.), embraces all the Empire Arms, also emblematical panels representing the Army, Navy, Flying Corps, M.G.C., Tank Corps, and laurels. The colouring throughout is most effective.ese is the inscription. At the unveiling ceremony, om Monday evening, performed by Mr. H. Shaw, J.P. (chairman of the Club), there was a large attendance of members, including Mr. T. Rotherway (vice-president), Ald. J. Handley Parker (a vice -president), Mr. Theo. Rowle (hon. treasurer), and Mr. T. Carter and Mr. J. B. Walker (secretaries). – Mr. Rotherway said the memorial scheme had been in hand a long time, but, though they had difficulty in getting a suitable one, the Committee were Unanimous in the Selection Which had been made. – Mr. Shaw said they would all agree with him that the erection of that memorial was the proper thing to do on behalf of those members who so bravely entered the fight. Some of them made the great sacrifice, and they would see them no more. Their names were inscribed at the head of the list, and they mourned their loss. He was pleased to say the majority of the members had returned, but some were badly wounded, and to them they offered their sympathy. It was only fitting that they should on that occasion express their admiration for their bravery, and offer their sympathy with the relations and friends of those members who were killed, and express their gratitude for those who survived the struggle and had returned. It made one shudder to think what their position would have been today had the war been lost. These premises wound, no doubt, have been used by some Germans, sent over as an army of occupation, and they would have been ordered to raise their hats to them when they met them in the streets. Thank God, and their men, the honours of war were theirs and their Allies. There were many opinions as to what form this memorial should take, and many discussions took place. In his opinion, they had selected a very suitable and fitting way to perpetuate the event. The names of the members who took part in the war were inscribed on parchment, so that if it was properly hosed it would be As Good in a Thousand Years as to-day. The whole of the works was by hand. It was a work of art, and was a credit to the artist, and to Messrs. Lyne and Son, to whom the order was given. It would always have a place of honour in the Club. It was now his duty and privilege to remove the veil, so that they might all have the opportunity of seeing it and of saluting it. – The covering was then removed from the memorial, which the members saluted, and afterwards made a closer inspection, being deeply impressed. Mr. Botherway, in moving a vote of thanks to Mr. Shaw, said Sir Arthur Priestley (their president) would have been invited to unveil the memorial, but he was abroad. The memorial is on view for a few days in the shop window of Messrs. Lyne and Sons. Grantham Journal, 07 February 1920, p7.
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“Grantham Town and County Liberal Club Roll of Honour. A record of members who served their King and country in the Great War, 1914 – 1919.”

. A, Barnsdale, R. Darby, H. Freckingham, G. Fowler and W. A, Winter - and then the names of the 134 other men who served

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