Exactly one hundred years after World War One began and 99 years since Albert Lilley died in the battlefields of Flanders, his name is to be added to Ellesmere Port’s war memorial.
Formerly an Ellesmere Port resident, the name A. Lilley can be found on the war memorial from the Jones’ iron works, given a loving place by the British Legion after closure of the iron works, but removed before demolition of the Stanney Lane site last year.
But Albert’s name is not on the town’s Civic Square war memorial and at the request of local resident Derek Warden, on behalf of his family-in-law, the name is to be added to the many hundreds from the area who gave their lives.
Following advice from the War Memorial Trust, the name will be added by a specialist Master Letter Carver to make sure the monument is being preserved in accordance with its historic value.
Derek Warden, a member of Albert Lilley’s family, said: “What a great outcome it will be when Albert’s name can finally be added to the main memorial in the civic centre, I will be so pleased when it finally comes about.”
Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy, said: “I am delighted that we can add Albert’s name to the war memorial and his sacrifice can be seen by all who visit.
“The Royal British Legion has been supportive with providing the information, and the historic facts have been confirmed by the Cheshire Military Museum. In this centenary year of the Great War it is so important to commemorate lives lost and add missing names wherever possible.”
The project will be funded through the town centre improvements scheme and Civic Square is a key priority highlighted in the Ellesmere Port Development Board’s Vision and Strategic Regeneration Framework.
Local Councillor, Lynn Clare, said: “Albert Lilley gave his life for his country nearly a hundred years ago and I am pleased that Ellesmere Port residents and visitors will now recognise the sacrifice he made as his name is added to the memorial for all to see for many years to come.”