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#695484 - 21st May 2012 8:44pm Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914
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Came into possession of a medal issued to signify the visit of King George in 1914 to Bidston Hill.

Just wondered if anybody had any information on the visit. I know that they arrived at Birkenhead Park train station and also there is a footpath on the corner of ford hill/bidston road leading into Bidston Hill called King Georges way but other than that I dont know much.

Anyway, here is the medal:


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#695491 - 21st May 2012 9:15pm Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: BennyBoy]
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Amongst other reason for coming to the area (Cheshire) King George V and Queen Mary opened the footpath, King Georges Way.
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#695498 - 21st May 2012 9:42pm Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: BennyBoy]
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That's what I thought when I saw the footpath named after them. But what was their main reason for coming because they wouldn't come all the way to open a footpath. I know they came to port sunlight in march 1914 not sure if it was part of the same trip

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#695505 - 21st May 2012 9:57pm Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: BennyBoy]
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He laid the foundation stone of Wallasey Town Hall on 25th March 1914. Probably a case of finding things for him to do while he was in the area.

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#695506 - 21st May 2012 9:57pm Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: BennyBoy]
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It was a Royal Visit to the area, I think he went on a Ferry boat and called in on the Cheshire Regiment. I've got a commemorative plate somewhere with George V and Mary on it, might be the same year, I'll have to check.
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#695508 - 21st May 2012 10:06pm Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: BennyBoy]
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Originally Posted By: BennyBoy
That's what I thought when I saw the footpath named after them. But what was their main reason for coming because they wouldn't come all the way to open a footpath. I know they came to port sunlight in march 1914 not sure if it was part of the same trip


Yes, I think it was during the same vist. There is a house in Bridge Street with a plaque on the wall outside,commemorating a visit to the house.

I have a book with some more (not a lot) about the visit, will try to find it and let you know. Although I think the main part of the visit was to Liverpool.


Edited by granny (21st May 2012 10:08pm)
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#695517 - 21st May 2012 10:27pm Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: BennyBoy]
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There is also a commemorative coin for that visit as well to port sunlight

Tha question I wanted to answer to was
1 how rare are they
2 who got given them, where they free or given to important people etc?


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#695520 - 21st May 2012 10:33pm Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: granny]
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The opening of the extension to Bidston Hill on 25th March 1914 was indeed part of the same Royal Visit to Cheshire during which the King and Queen laid the foundation stone for Wallasey Town Hall. On what was quite a busy day, they also opened a new wing at Chester Infirmary, visited Lever Brothers works and Cammell Laird's, and laid the foundation stone for the Lady Lever Art Gallery! Mind you there wasn't much physical effort involved in all this opening and foundation-stone laying, as it was all achieved through the wonders of modern technology by pressing electric buttons... The full itinerary for the day was published in The Times at the end of January 1914.

Their Majesties were due to stay with Lord Derby at Knowsley Hall from 24th to the 28th March, attending the Grand National Meeting at Aintree on the 26th and 27th, but owing to an escalation in the ongoing crisis in Ulster they cut short their visit and returned to London on the morning of the 26th.


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#695545 - 22nd May 2012 5:46am Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: marty99fred]
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ive had that medal for awhile now they are on e bay quite often,very nice ,anice keepsake.

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#695548 - 22nd May 2012 7:11am Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: cathcart]
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Wow, the King must have had a sore thumb after all that button pressing (and in some cases it was a multi-function button). Which park did he open?
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#695555 - 22nd May 2012 7:37am Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: chriskay]
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Royal Visit March 1914. King George V and Queen Mary

On the occasion of laying the foundation stone for Wallasey Town Hall.

A specially built platform was erected in Central Park. A cable was carried from the park to the site of the Town Hall Brighton Street. The King can be seen pressing the lever which set the electric motor going at the site, nearly half a mile away and the foundation stone fell into place.
The ceremony was watched by Queen Mary and Mrs Burrows, wife of the Mayor Alderman Burrows.

There was a Royal Visit to Liverpool in July 1913 to open the first phase of the Gladstone Dock and another in 1927 to open another part of the Gladstone Dock.

Copied from 'Wallasey of Yesteryear' and Liverpool and the Mersey by Peter Woolley.
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#695556 - 22nd May 2012 7:47am Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: granny]
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Thanks, Granny. The newspaper said that he opened a park from Birkenhead Town Hall; must have got it wrong.
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#695557 - 22nd May 2012 7:48am Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: chriskay]
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Originally Posted By: chriskay
Wow, the King must have had a sore thumb after all that button pressing (and in some cases it was a multi-function button). Which park did he open?



Perhaps the reporter of the above meant Bidston Hill, considering the King opened the footpath.
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#695559 - 22nd May 2012 7:52am Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: granny]
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Originally Posted By: BennyBoy
That's what I thought when I saw the footpath named after them. But what was their main reason for coming because they wouldn't come all the way to open a footpath. I know they came to port sunlight in march 1914 not sure if it was part of the same trip


Yes, I think it was during the same vist. There is a house in Bridge Street with a plaque on the wall outside,commemorating a visit to the house.

.

Beg your pardon, it is a house in Bolton Road, Port Sunlight.Not Bridge Street.
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#695561 - 22nd May 2012 7:59am Re: Commemorative Medal for King/Queen 1914 [Re: chriskay]
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Thanks, Granny. The newspaper said that he opened a park from Birkenhead Town Hall; must have got it wrong.


He may have done Chriskay, this book only covered Wallasey, and I need to get my eyes tested as it states Central Park was a mile away, not half a mile as I put. Lord, old age is a terrible thing!
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