From “The Otter” October 2004

The Audenshaw War Memorial inside the gates of Audenshaw Cemetery comprises of a bronze statue of a soldier in battle dress, with both hands holding a rifle.  The statue stands on a square light-
grey granite pedestal with cornice. The names of over 140 servicemen who died in the First World War are inscribed on dark marble panels on the pedestal.  The principal inscriptions are placed at the base of the pedestal on all four sides and stone tablets around the base record the names of the dead of the Second World War.
Public meetings were held in the winter of 1918-
19 to discuss the erection of a war memorial in Audenshaw and the appeal for funds initially met with a good response.  Donations were given by individuals and businesses and were supplemented by money raised by events such as cinema shows.  Designs were submitted for the proposed memorial and the commission was awarded to a London sculptor, Percy Bentham.  Six sites were considered for the memorial and the entrance to Audenshaw Cemetery was considered to be the most suitable.  When the service of dedication took [place in November 1920 it began with a procession of some 7,000 people from Coronation Square to the cemetery.  Councillor W. Richardson unveiled the memorial.  At the time of the unveiling an amount of £240 remained to be collected towards the £1,270 the memorial had cost and the organisers had intended to hold a collection at the ceremony but had overlooked the need to obtain permission from the police.  The Dukinfield firm of W. Hewitt and Son, monumental masons were responsible for the stonework.  The statue stands 183 cm high and the inscription on the memorial reads:
(
Front): IN MEMORIAM / IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY / THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919 / ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS OF AUDENSHAW 1920 (Left) IN MEMORIAM / LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT THAT THEIR / NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN. / LIBERTY (Right) IN MEMORIAM / THEIR BRIGHT SPIRITS STILL TENANT THE HEARTS / OF THOSE WHO LOVED THEM. / VICTORY (Rear) IN MEMORIAM / THEY PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF MAN BY THE / PATH OF DUTY AND SELF-SACRIFICE. / PEACE

The memorial is signed by the sculptor P G Bentham RBS