After the end of World War I, many memorials were erected across the country in memory of those who had lost their lives in the conflict. The names of those who fell in World War II and subsequent conflicts were often added to existing monuments. Alternatively, new memorials may have been created to honour these later casualties. These memorials were erected to honour those who had given their lives to secure peace and also to act as a reminder to subsequent generations that we should never forget their ultimate sacrifice.
Across the borough the memorials are a unique and a special part of the place and represent a community's method of remembrance, providing a strong link to the past. Memorials tend to have architectural or artistic interest and are significant landmarks.
The Imperial War Museum's War Memorials Archive is working to compile a record of all war memorials in the UK and to promote their appreciation, use and preservation.
War memorials can include any monument created to those involved or affected by a conflict. The most prevalent and obvious form of memorial is the sculpture or cross, but they can take the form of plaques, furniture, rolls of honour, gardens, trees or buildings. In most cases the strong cultural significance of war memorials ensures their preservation. Across the country, services are held and wreaths are laid each year on Armistice Day in memory of those who gave their lives in the 2 World Wars and the many other conflicts in which our nation has been involved.
List of war memorials in the borough of Rochdale
Below is a list of locations of war memorials within the borough:
If there are any memorials that aren't included or if the details are incorrect please email
Adding a person's name to a war memorial
Fill in the form below to arrange the engraving of a missing name of a soldier or service personnel to a war memorial who fell in World War I or II, and who were born or lived within the borough. You will need to provide a birth and death certificate or proof of death from the
War Commissions Grave Yard.
You can request the missing name to appear on any of the following war memorials, but we have the final say as to which memorial it will be added in accordance with our policy.
- Heywood, Services
- Middleton, Manchester Old Road
- Rochdale, Balderstone
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Images Through The Generations
Inspired by World War One
Local street artist Liam Dean was commissioned to create a billboard sized art work to reflect the thoughts and words of the community through the generations.
Harry Mills from the Lancashire Veteran’s Association met with students from Matthew Moss High School and Holy Family RC & CE College in Rochdale Central Library to create poetry that Liam could create images to reflect.
To set the mood, poetry was shared with the students by
Wilfred Owen - Dulce Et Decorum Est, Siegfried Sassoon The General
and John McCrae - In Flanders Fields
Ray Stearn, Young Person’s Library Worker with Rochdale Borough Libraries, created two poems from the words of the students for Liam to work with.
The final art work was then filmed as the painting took place to capture the moment while reflecting on the events of 100 years ago.
Live street art performed at Number One Riverside - watch video (4.54 mins)