Return to 100 years of the Royal Air Force

Unveiling of the memorial 15 October 1922. Image courtesy Hugh Hollinghurst/Liverpool Echo.
The heroic lifesize bronze figures of this memorial are strikingly symbolic. The mother and child represent the motherland and the future generations of the then British Empire, guarded by the three great fighting forces – army, navy and air force – which protected the country during the First World War.

The inclusion of the highly detailed figure of the airman – pulling on his gloves while looking skyward – is relatively uncommon on war memorials and indicates the growing importance of the air services during the conflict.

Unveiling of the memorial 15 October 1922. Image courtesy Hugh Hollinghurst/Liverpool Echo.

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