OFFICIAL UNVEILING BY LEN McCLUSKEY OF PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE TWO WORKERS KILLED BY BRITISH TROOPS IN THE LIVERPOOL TRANSPORT STRIKE 1911

Issue date
19 Jul 2012
Title

OFFICIAL UNVEILING BY LEN McCLUSKEY OF PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE TWO WORKERS KILLED BY BRITISH TROOPS IN THE LIVERPOOL TRANSPORT STRIKE 1911

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Above: Troops escorting prisoners; site of John Sutcliffe's shooting

In the week following Liverpool's Bloody Sunday of 13 August 1911, with a national railway strike spreading rapidly and dockers, seamen and others locked out, Liverpool and the whole of Britain was on the edge of catastrophe. In response, 58,000 troops were mobilised across the country, and police were despatched wherever the Home Secretary, Winston Churchill, thought they were needed. Brutal force was employed. In Liverpool, troops opened fire on several occasions, and on Tuesday 15 August two men, John Sutcliffe and Michael Prendergast, were shot dead by the military in a disturbance on

Vauxhall Road
.

As a permanent memorial to these two little-known martyrs of the Liverpool trade union and labour movement, the North West TUC and the Casa have sponsored a plaque commemorating their sacrifice, situated on the site of the shootings.

MEET AT THE ELDONIAN VILLAGE HALL,

VAUXHALL ROAD
AT 10am SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2012. TO BE FOLLOWED BY UNVEILING OF THE
PLAQUE ON VAUXHALL ROAD

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