Tuesday, 6 November 2012
The Cartwight Street 'Little Soldier' (Part 3)
I called in to the Town Hall yesterday and found the old statue where it was when I photographed it last year. It's at the top of the stairs which face the main doors on Market Street.
This is a close-up of his head and comparing it with the photo in the Tameside Image Archive I've got to say that, as Mo says, it does look a little different. The different angle of the head might be explained away by the head having been knocked off several times and the restoration works could have eventually changed the angle. I must say though that the cap looks a little different and the thought crossed my mind that on some occasion when the head was knocked off it may have disappeared and a new one had to be made - but if this is so I don't ever recall hearing about it.
Here's a close-up of the hat badge for Barry - it looks like it could be the Cheshire Regiment:
For Werneth Low, here's the memorial for Evelyn Rose Welch:
You'll see it's "Tipperary League", not "Guild" and I've found this information about it, which doesn't really explain what it's all about as it refers to "Tipperary Rooms" without explaining what they are, but I've found this on another site:
"During World War 1, new regulations creating obstacles for women who wanted to drink, socialize in the pub, or work in pubs were challenged as discriminatory towards women, mainly by the militant suffrage society, the Women's Freedom League. Charlotte Despard and other activists made a deputation to the War Office, and otherwise engaged in lobbying activity against both direct and indirect restrictions. But this was more a civil liberties campaign than a direct challenge to the medico-social spectre of the female inebriate. Indeed the WFL, while defending women's right to circulate in the public space of the pub, also opened feminist temperance hotels (the "Women's Tipperary Rooms" and one establishment known as "the Despard Arms")."