Alfred Wilkinson VC Memorial Garden

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Reference WMO/284840


Leigh Cemetery

Manchester Road




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Serviceman/woman sculpture
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A memorial garden for cremated remains, named in honour of Leigh VC recipient Alfred Wilkinson. The elements of the memorial are two fold: Three life-size wickerwork figures, two representing a mother and child waving a welcome to a marching soldier, returned from the war; a large wooden poppy shape on a stand, upon which have been applied a photograph of Wilkinson and various children's drawings illustrating the war, and his heroic acts, and his home life in the town. On a leaf attached to the poppy is the name of the School involved - St Thomas CE Primary School. There are no other dedications or explanations. Wilkinson received his VC on the Somme in 1916 and was killed in a mining accident in 1940 and buried in this cemetery.
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St Thomas CE Primary School. On the poppy, a drawing of a grave bears the legend: In loving/ memory of/ Alfred/ Wilkinson/ 5/12/1896/ 18/10/1940

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