Michael Parish Commemorative Plaque, Kirk Michael
NGR Easting: 231746
NGR Northing: 490820
Description: Inscription reads as follows: "To the / glory of God / in / memory of the / men from the / Parish of Michael / 1914 who fell in the Great War 1918."
14 names listed;
First World War.
Also "1939 and in the Second World War 1945."
7 names listed;
Second World War.
Plaque of Sicilian marble, in a hendecagon (eleven sided) shape. Affixed to an interior west facing wall of St Michael's Church. The plaque is bordered all round by an interlaced Celtic pattern, inside which the names of the fallen men have been inscribed. At a later date, three plaques have been affixed to the wall underneath the original plaque, to commemorate those who fell in the Seond World War.
The memorial was unveiled on Easter Monday 17 April 1922 by the Lieutenant Governor Major General Sir William Fry KCVO CB. It was dedicated by the Lord Bishop, the Rev. James Denton Thompson and was sponsored by public subcription. The memorial to commemorate those who gave their lives in the Second World War was unveiled on Sunday 23rd May 1948 at 6.30pm.
The memorial was designed by Mr Archibald Knox and sculpted by Thomas H. Royston of 12 Peel Road, Douglas.
Information provided by the Isle of Man Government Preservation of War Memorials Committee.
Image courtesy of Chris Blyth, Isle of Man Photographic Society.
Courtesy of Manx National Heritage via the link at imuseum.im.
“The war memorial ceremony at Michael, which took place on Easter Monday, was perhaps the most impressive of its kind which has yet occurred in the Island. The form of service selected was elaborate, and was gone through with great effectiveness and beauty, a choir of 80 voices having rehearsed for many weeks, under the direction of Mr J. D. L. Kelly. This choir, which was drawn from the Parish Church, the Wesleyan Methodist Chapels at Michael and Barregarrow, and the Primitive Methodist Chapel, also rendered Spohr’s celebrated quartette and chorus, “ Blest are the Departed,” Miss Sarah Kelly, L.R.A.M., presiding at the organ. The ceremony of unveiling was performed by the Lieut.-Governor (who was accompanied by Lady Fry and Mr J. L. Goldie-Taubman, M.L.C.), and that of dedication by the Lord Bishop, who was attended by the Rev. C. V. Stockwood, of St. Olave’s, Ramsey, in the capacity of crozier-bearer.
Prayers were said by the Vicar (Rev. H. T. Devall, D.D.), and the lessons were read by the Rev. Edgar C. Palmer (Wesleyan), and the Rev. Richd. Bolton (Primitive Methodist). Eloquent addresses were given by the Governor and the Bishop, and the ceremony was brought to a close by the sounding of the ‘Last Post” and the “Reveille,” by Messrs. W. Bridson and J. Quirk, members of the Douglas Town Band.
The local ex-service men, numbering about forty, attended, and in their names a wreath was placed on the memorial by Lieut. Mark Quayle, who was for some time a prisoner in Germany.”
The carved oak shelf beneath the memorial was made by the firm of Kelly Bros., in the village.