Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire 



Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
The Tower of London 2014



Cenotaph and war memorials of the 
six towns
of Stoke-on-Trent

Armistice Day is on the 11th November.

Armistice Day is the anniversary of the symbolic end of World War I on 11 November 1918. It commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month".

The inscription at the cenotaph at Hanley
The inscription at the cenotaph at Hanley
the Stoke-on-Trent city arms are above the inscription



Poppies laid on Remembrance Sunday at the World War II memorial at the Church of St. John, Goldenhill
Poppies laid on Remembrance Sunday at the World War II memorial
at the Church of St. John, Goldenhill

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday of November, the Sunday nearest to 11th November.

Armistice Day is now also used to remember all those who have died in wars and conflicts since The Great War, including World War II, the Gulf War, conflicts in Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.



Tunstall Memorial Gardens
This war memorial commemorating both the First and Second World Wars, stands in Tunstall Memorial Gardens, The Boulevard.

photo: © Steve Lewin  Dec 2005

"To the glorious memory of the men of Tunstall who gave their lives during the Great War 1914 - 1918."

The remaining two faces depict a wreath with the dates '1939 - 1945' inscribed inside to commemorate World War II


The figure of a soldier dressed in World War I uniform
The figure of a soldier dressed in World War I uniform
the War Memorial, World War I in Swan Square, outside Burslem Methodist Mission

This war memorial was constructed in Swan Square, Burslem between 1900 and 1924 to commemorate the First World War. Built from stone, it is approximately one storey high with a plinth style base. There are two steps at the base of the structure, upon which six stone flower urns stand. There are floral wreath style decorated stone mouldings at the rear and sides of the memorial with a half statue soldier figure at the front set in a recessed panel with '1914 - 1918' inscribed above.

An inscription on the south side reads: 'They died that others might live'.

There is a further inscription on another side reading: 'Burslem's memorial to her heroic sons. 1914 - 1918. 1939 - 1945


War Memorial originally built to commemorate the dead of World War I. The sculptor was Harold Brownsword and the memorial stands outside the Town Hall in Albion Street, Hanley.

There is a plaque inside the entrance to Hanley Town Hall with the names of fallen soldiers inscribed.

The bronze female figure of Victory stands atop the plinth, her helmet plumed with a lion and a snake beneath her feet.

The snake beneath Victory's feet alludes to the defeat of evil, in this case by force of arms (the sword in her right hand). The wreath is another signifier of Victory, while the lion on the female figure's helmet and the two Tudor roses either side of the Stoke on Trent coat of arms symbolise the English nation.




Stoke war memorial stands outside the King's Hall, Kingsway, Stoke.

photo: The Potteries Museum



The monument was constructed between 1918 and 1924 and was later altered to commemorate both the First and Second World Wars.

Fenton War Memorial
On the side facing Christchurch Street the figure of a private soldier stands with reversed arms

Standing in Albert Square in front of the
old town hall


This impressive war memorial commemorates all those who died in both the World Wars and in conflicts since. This cenotaph is situated in the grounds of Longton Park on Trentham Road. There are several plaques inside the structure.

'In memory of all those of Meir, Longton and district who gave their lives during the 1914 - 1918 war and the 1939 - 1945 war and all other wars and conflicts since so that we could be free. This tablet was erected in 1984. Their name liveth for evermore'.

photo: The Potteries Museum