William Sang Connacher

Spirit of Birkenhead Institute


Here are some early images of Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields, and also some information about Dean Johnson, former B.I. pupil, who has opened the WILFRED OWEN STORY in Birkenhead. This is a permanent memorial to Wilfred Owen, the renowned B.I. pupil and war poet. 

Dean Johnson has been leading the campaign in 2014 to try to save the playing fields from being sold and used for a housing development, despite the fact that the land is a War Memorial to the 88 B.I. pupils who lost their lives in WW I.

Below are also some images and article about the opening ceremony of the Memorial Playing Fields in 1926,  by Alderman Solly, and dedicated to the 88 brave men of Birkenhead Institute who lost their lives in the Great War. Alderman Solly laid the foundation stone in 1926, which can be seen below in a picture taken in 2014, along with poppy wreaths in memory of those who died in the 1914 - 1918 war.


The article is courtesy of the "Birkenhead News".


Playing fields and pavilion opened in 1926 as a memorial to the students of Birkenhead Institute who were killed in the First World War.

In 1933, poplar trees were planted in memory of the fallen. The pavilion on site has a mounted rectangular tablet bearing the inscription. Ornamental memorial gates were also added in 1933.

In 1938 a bell was donated by Mr and Mrs Luton in memory of their son killed in the First World War. The fallen of the school include the poet Wilfred Owen.