When I first saw the City Hall in Liverpool I asked myself whether there was a war memorial in it, and naturally it sometimes helps if you go and ask…
I was not disappointed. Known as The Hall of Remembrance, it was opened by the Duke of Windsor, then Prince of Wales, in 1921 and contains the City’s Roll of Honour.
The Roll of Honour has the names of over 13,000 servicemen men from Liverpool who died during the First World War, with the majority of those named having served in what was then formally known as “The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)” which had many battalions.
Eight lunette fresco panels painted by Sir Frank Salisbury (1874 – 1962) decorate the walls and were unveiled by the Duke of York in July 1923. They represent scenes headed Infancy, Duty’s Call, Sacrifice, Immortality, Renown, Remembrance, Triumph, The Silent Watch, Undaunted, Sea Power, Conquering the Air, and Peace. The area is also decorated with heraldic devices, military badges and symbols representing the Allied Nations.
It is a very beautiful space and worth seeing if you are in Liverpool. I asked to see the Noel Chavasse VC entry in the roll and it was there, as are a number of other Liverpool VC holders.
The building also has a “Chavasse Room” and there is a framed VC list outside the room.
There is also a plaque dedicated to William Radcliffe VC., MM. presumably rescued from elsewhere.
The City Hall is a very beautiful building in its own and dates back to the late 1700’s. It is really a ceremonial building rather than an administrative building,
The ground floor contains the city’s Council Chamber and a Hall of Remembrance for the Liverpool servicemen killed in the First World War. The upper floor consists of a suite of lavishly decorated rooms which are used for a variety of events and functions. More images of the interior of the building are available at the Town Hall Website, and I have used some of the text from the website in this post.
Special thanks to the gentlemen who we so kind as to show me the hall and permit me to get a quick glimpse of that part of the building. Thanks guys.
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