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The Unveiling of Lisburn’s War Memorial, 28th April 1923

The 28th April 2023 marks the centenary of the unveiling of Lisburn’s War Memorial at Castle Gardens. This week’s Virtual Museum post is a photograph drawn from our collection which was taken during the unveiling ceremony. 

 

Unveiling of War Memorial, 28 April 1923. ILC&LM Collection

The 23 foot high memorial of bronze and Botticino Marble was designed by renowned sculptor, Henry Charles Fehr (1867-1940). The Castle Gardens site was chosen by the Lisburn War Memorial Committee as they believed that the monument could inspire both the City Fathers who conducted business at the Town Hall and the students who studied at the nearby Technical School.

Large crowds turned out for the unveiling ceremony on Saturday 28th April 1923. Unveiling duties were carried out by Major General Sir Oliver Nugent (1860-1926), Commander of the 36th (Ulster) Division. The monument, which remains at the same location today, commemorates those from the locality who served in the The Great War, the Second World War, and more recent conflicts.

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