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Dedication of the War Memorial, Loftus, 11th November 1922

Dedication of the War Memorial, Loftus, 11th November 1922

Does anyone know the organisations taking part?
We suspect that there are representatives of the local Freemason’s Lodge, The Ancient Order of Foresters and the Odd-Fellows, but we really don’t know for sure! We are told by Marie Dixon: ”Second left from the man with the trilby is my grandfather, Christopher (Kit) Coulthirst he lived Park Terrace Loftus,I think my grandfather had a lot of interest in the Odd-Fellows hall.”
Thanks to Marie Dixon for that update.

Loftus War Memorial Dedication

Loftus War Memorial Dedication

At 2pm on 11th November, 1922, (one year after the end of registration of deaths due to the War or its effects), the Memorial at Loftus was formally consecrated.

The service was conducted by ministers of all religions, each taking a part of the service.

The guard of honour and firing party was provided by 4th Battalion, Queen Alexander’s Own, the Yorkshire Regiment, also known as the Green Howards. The local Battalion of the local Regiment had recruited so many of the men whose names were inscribed on the bronze tablets at the base of the Celtic Cross.

Thanks to Stu Coles for the update