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War memorials

Find a war memorial or search for war dead in the borough of Rochdale.

Search for war dead in the borough of Rochdale

Local people who lost their lives during World War I and World War II and following conflicts are buried at cemeteries within the borough.

Find war dead at cemeteries within the borough of Rochdale

Find a war memorial in the borough

There are many war memorials in the borough of Rochdale. Find out where they are:

To request additions or edits to these lists of war memorials, email

Add a missing name to a war memorial

Apply to add an engraving of a missing name to a war memorial in the borough of Rochdale.

  1. Apply online. The soldier or service personnel must have been born or lived within the borough of Rochdale and have fallen in World War I or World War II.
  2. Select the war memorial you would like to request the missing name be added to. Please note that the final decision on location will be made will be made by the council to comply with policy.
  3. You'll be asked to provide details about the soldier or service personnel, including
    • First and last name
    • Place and date of birth
    • Regiment and rank
    • Service number
    • Parents' names
    • Date and place of death
    • Age at death
    • Theatre of operation
    • Death certificate, if available
  4. Submit your application.

Add a missing name to a war memorial (opens in a new window)

Middleton memorial. Heywood memorial. Milnrow memorial.  

What is a war memorial?

War memorials honour those who have given their lives to secure peace. They act as a reminder to subsequent generations that we should never forget their ultimate sacrifice.

After the end of World War I, memorials were put up across the country. Sometimes the names of those who fell in World War II and following conflicts were added to these existing memorials. In other cases new memorials were created to honour later casualties.

War memorials can include any monument created to those involved or affected by a conflict. The most common and obvious form of memorial is the sculpture or cross, but they can also take the form of plaques, furniture, rolls of honour, gardens, trees or buildings. Memorials usually have architectural or artistic interest and are significant landmarks. 

Across the country, services are held and wreaths are laid each year on Armistice Day. This is in memory of those who gave their lives in the 2 World Wars and the many other conflicts our nation has been involved in.

The Imperial War Museum is compiling a register of all war memorials in the UK. Search for UK war memorials on the Imperial War Graves Commission website

Rochdale street art commemorates World War I

In 2014 local street artist Liam Dean was commissioned to create a billboard sized artwork to reflect the thoughts and words of our community through the generations.

Liam's work was inspired by poetry created by the community. Students from Holy Family RC & CE College, Matthew Moss High School and Service Veteran Harry Mills wrote poetry about World War I. Ray Stearn, Young Person’s Library Worker, created 2 poems from the students' words for Liam to work with.

The final art work was filmed as the painting took place. Watch a video of artist Liam Dean painting street art commemorating World War I (4 mins, 54 secs)

Watch the video of Local street artist Liam Dean at One Riverside


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