Feature
2018

Armistice Day

Remembering Liberty’s lost employees

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11th November 2018 marks the centenary of the Armistice, one hundred years since the First World War ended. A two-minute silence is observed to remember all those who lost their lives, and to ensure that their sacrifice is not forgotten.

In 2014, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, we dedicated a window display to honour the Liberty men who gave their lives. Many of these portraits were sourced through the Liberty Lamp, a monthly staff journal that sought to gather images of all those lost and missing in the years shortly after the war. To mark the centenary of the Armistice, we again want to dedicate a space to remembering them.

Visitors are invited to take a trip to see the in-store Liberty remembrance plaque, which pays tribute to the store’s employees who served and were killed between 1914-1918. The plaque stands spotlit between the first and second floors, built into the wooden panelling in the western end of the store. It is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s War Memorials Register, and features 44 names – remembering both lost and missing Liberty soldiers.

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“Once again Armistice Day has come and gone, and we have experienced the dramatic stillness of the two minutes’ silence. It is somewhat difficult to realise this is the twelfth anniversary we have participated in; as the years roll by it loses nothing of its solemnity, and although the memories of the Great War fade in the distance of time, we welcome the opportunity to stand still for a few moments of quiet reflection and give a thought to these near and dear who have passed over to the Great Beyond…”

The Liberty Lamp, December 1930

In honour of all those Liberty workers who lost their lives 1914-1918:
E.D. Astell - H. Beakhouse - C.E. Beaumont - F.J. Bird - A. Brown - A. Bryce - A. Claridge - A. W. Dore - M.S. Downes - C.H. Edwards - T. Gardner - W.G. Goode - N. Griffin - F. Hastings - H.C. Hawkins - T. Hennessy - P. Higgins - C. Higham - W.J. Honey - T.W. Hooper - E.W. Hunt - E. Kalisch - G. Honey - F.E. Leete - C.H. May - J. F. Myers - C. Neilson - G.W. Page - C.W. Patten - P.E. Pavey - W. Powers - W. Prance - W. Reece - J.E. Salter - A.C. Selwood - H. C. Sewell - W.E. Snaith - L.H. Straw - S. Thorning - H. Tombleson - W. Underwood - L.E. Waigh - F.W.F. Warwick - J.C. Whenman

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.”

Ode of Remembrance from ‘For The Fallen’, Robert Laurence Binyon, 1914

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