Below is a transcript taken from an edition of a local newspaper (believed to be the Swinton and Pendlebury Journal) shortly after the dedication service of what was then a new memorial. We are trying to ascertain the exact date and origin of the article although, given the fact the unveiling ceremony took place on Thursday 13th May 1920, we strongly belive it was published sometime shortly afterwards. Do please contact us if you have any further information about the memorial.
Transcript of Old Newspaper Article
The Memorial Cross erected at Holy Rood churchyard, Moorside, in memory of parishioners who fell in the war was unveiled last night week the night of Ascension Day in the presence of a large gathering. The ceremony opened with a short service in the church conducted by the Rev. J.E. Roberts. The church was crowded. The choir afterwards walked in procession into the churchyard, taking up a position immediately behind the Cross.
The Holy Rood troop of Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides grouping on either side. The congregation gathered in Moorside Road adjoining The Memorial was unveiled by Sergeant Barret Evans, one of the first parishioners to join the Army in 1914. 'In memory of my comrades who made the great sacrifice' he said. He then placed at the foot a wreath sent by the members of the Parochial Church Council. Two hymns were sung under the conductorship of Mr. J. P. Jackson (Organist and Choirmaster) and a very impressive ceremony was brought to a close with the Benediction.
The Celtic Cross is a handsome, symmetrical erection of granite, standing 12ft 6in high and bearing the following inscription: This cross was erected in loving and grateful memory of the men of this parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, 1914 1918. The names of the 54 soldiers follow and below are the words Their name liveth evermore.