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Heroes Memorial, St Nicholas Place, Liverpool, Merseyside

Heroes Memorial, St Nicholas Place, Liverpool, Merseyside
Photograph taken 23 May 2004 © Mr David Cross. Source Historic England Archive ref: 359429

This memorial is dedicated to "heroes of the marine engine room". It was put up in 1916 and designed by Sir William Goscombe John. The memorial was originally intended to commemorate the 32 engineers of the ship 'Titanic' who stayed at their posts when she sank, to allow the greatest number of passengers to escape. Spaces were to be left to record other heroic deeds done by sea-going engineers. However, because of the very high loss of life at sea during the First World War, it was thought appropriate to dedicate the monument to all ships' engine room deaths. On the pedestal are carved life-size figures of the Engine Room Heroes - stokers on the east face and engineers on the west. The 2 inscriptions read; THE BRAVE DO NOT DIE/ THEIR DEEDS LIVE ON FOR EVER/ AND CALL UPON US/ TO EMULATE THEIR COURAGE/AND DEVOTION TO DUTY' and ' ALL HEROES OF THE / MARINE ENGINE ROOM/ THIS MEMORIAL/ WAS ERECTED BY/ INTERNATIONAL SUBSCRIPTION/ MCMXVI'.