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Preston Cenotaph

The Preston Cenotaph stands in Market Square, Preston, Lancashire, England, and is a monument to soldiers from Preston who perished in World War I and II. Unveiled on 13 June 1926, the memorial was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott with sculptural work by Henry Alfred Pegram.

The monument's main feature is a figure of “Victory” whose arms are raised and who holds laurel wreaths in either hand. The figure stands within columns supporting a pediment and on either side of the “Victory” figure are representations of those who died said to be “pleading for acceptance of their sacrifice”. At the very top of the monument there is an empty coffin (hence “cenotaph” or “empty tomb”) with cherubs and strands of foliage carved around it. There are flagpoles on either side of the monument. The memorial was unveiled on 13 June 1926 by Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe of Scapa.

 

The main inscription reads:

 

BE EVER MINDFUL OF THE MEN OF PRESTON

WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WARS

1914–1918 1939–1945

THIS LAND INVIOLATE YOUR MONUMENT

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Taken on May 30, 2021