Liverpool Transport Strike centenary
25 August 2011
LJMU Historians commemorate Liverpool Transport Strike centenary
In conjunction with the North West TUC (Trades Union Congress), two LJMU Historians, Professor Sam Davies and Ron Noon, organised a poignant memorial ceremony recently to mark the centenary of the deaths of two Liverpool men, shot by soldiers on 15th August 1911, after three days of unrest during the 1911 Transport strike.
The trouble began on ‘Bloody Sunday’, 13 August 1911, when over 80,000 people demonstrated outside St. George’s Hall in support of striking railwaymen.
Professor Sam Davies commented to the BBC:
"This was the culmination of a number of months over the summer of 1911 when various groups had gone out on strike. All of them were aiming for better wages, conditions and recognition of unions."
Over 100 people attended the centennial ceremony in the Eldonian Village Hall, chaired by Ron Noon, where Professor Davies outlined the background to the case. Messages of support were read out from Tony Benn and Alan Johnson MP. Wreaths sponsored by the North West TUC and local union and Labour Party branches were later laid at the site of the shootings and at the graves of the two men in Ford Cemetery. A permanent memorial to the two men is also to be commissioned and installed at the shooting site.
The ceremony was covered on the BBC News Merseyside website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-14529243
The case will also be featured on the BBC North West ‘Inside Out’ programme in October, and Professor Davies will deliver a lecture on 1911 to the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire in November.
Ron Noon and Professor Sam Davies at the wreath-laying ceremony by the grave of John Sutcliffe in Ford Cemetery