Lt Wilfrid Astley Blundell

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Reference WMO/282604

Address:

St Cuthbert's Church

Halsall Road

Halsall

L39 8RG

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Stained glass window
Materials:
  • Glass Stained Glass
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
About the memorial: Thje IWM Register names this person as Lt Wilfrid Astley Blundell-Hollinshead-Blundell. However, the inscriptions on the window and the plaque clearly omit the second and third parts of that surname. An additional complication is that the compiler then spelt the name as 'Blunder' when transcriing the plaque, but the photo clearly shows Blundell. Four-light stained-glass windows in two pairs. Above each pair are minor lights featuring rabbits and squirrels at play among stylised symbols of nature. Above each light a pair of angels kneel holding a scroll carrying a biblical inscription. The left-hand light of the pair on the left has an image of Jesus, hand raised in blessing, with a female figure in the background. The right-hand light has an image of a knight in armour on his knees before Jesus, receiving the blessing, with an older couple looking on in sorrow. The left-hand light of the pair on the right has a knight standing in full (Biblical) armour, wearing the helmet of Salvation, the breast-plate of Righteousness, the belt of Peace, and bearing The Sword of God in his right hand and the shield of Faith in his left, whilst the right-hand light has an angel carrying the crown of glory and a palm leaf of victory. Across the bottom of the lights is the dedicatory inscription. Below the window an elaborate brass plaque runs the length of the four lights. Kneeling angels at each side hold a scroll upon which the enamelled inscription is incised either side of a central disc bearing the enamelled Colours of the XXIV Company of the Grenadier Guards in red and blue. The photo of the plaque has been distorted by the uploading process. It is wider and narrower than shown.
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On the scroll held by the angels at the top of the lights of the window: ... and your reward shall be great/ Therefore are they before the throne of God and serve him day and night. Across the bottom of the lights: To the Beloved Memory of Wilfrid Astley Blundell/ Lieutenant/ Grenadier/ Guards who fell at the Battle of Belmont/ South Africa on Nov 23 1899/ This Window is placed/ here by his Sorrowing Father & Mother On the brass plaque below the window: To the Beloved Memory of Wilfrid/ Astley Blundell, Lieut. Grenadier/ Guards, eldest son of Canon Blundell,/ Rector of this Parish, and Adelaide his Wife,/ daughter of the late Sir Francis D./ Astley, Bart. Who died a gallant Soldier's/ death at the Battle of Belmont, South/ Africa, November 23rd 1899, aged 28 years./ Rest Eternal Grant unto him O Lord,/ and let Light Perpetual shine upon him.

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