Guards Division

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11359
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Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 16 October 1926
  • Dedicated : 16 October 1926

Current location

St James Park,Horse Guards Rd,St James,City Of Westminster,Greater London,SW1Y 6EQ,England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 299 801
Denomination: Unknown

Description

FIVE LIFE SIZED BRONZE SOLDIERS REPRESENTING EACH OF THE GUARDS REGIMENTS, STANDING EASY AGAINST STONE CENOTAPH ON PODIUM AND THREE STEPPED PLINTH. BRONZE RELIEF PANELS ARE MOUNTED ON SIDES OF THE CENOTAPH AND DEPICT REPRESENTATIVE EQUIPMENT. STONE RELIEF AT THE BACK DEPICTS ARTILLERY IN ACTION. SMALL INCISED CROSS AT CENTRE TOP. BADGES OF THE GUARDS REGIMENTS BELOW THE FIGURES.

Inscription

TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE/ OFFICERS WARRANT OFFICERS/ NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS &/ GUARDSMEN OF HIS MAJESTY'S/ REGIMENTS OF FOOT GUARDS/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR/ KING AND COUNTRY DURING THE/ GREAT WAR OF 1914 - 1918 AND OF THE/ OFFICERS WARRANT OFFICERS/ NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND/ MEN OF THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY/ ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY/ CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS/ ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS ROYAL/ ARMY MEDICAL CORPS AND OTHER/ UNITS WHO WHILE SERVING WITH/ THE GUARDS DIVISION IN FRANCE &/ BELGIUM 1915 - 1918 FELL WITH THEM IN/ THE FIGHT FOR THE WORLD'S FREEDOM (Below figures): THIS MEMORIAL ALSO COMMEMORATES ALL THOSE MEMBERS/ OF THE HOUSEHOLD DIVISION WHO DIED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ AND IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY SINCE 1918 REVERSE: (List of battle honours) SIDES: (List of individual units)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Cenotaph
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 38FT 6"
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Figures
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Relief
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 16 October 1926
Attended by: FM HRH Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught KG,Gen Sir George Higginson GCB GCVO

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 16 October 1926
Attended by: Former Service Personnel

History

1970 January 14. Listed Grade II. 'Honourable scars' caused by WW2 air raids are visible.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: c£22,000
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Unknown or N/A
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Notes

THE FIGURES ARE CAST FROM CAPTURED German CANNON. THE INSCRIPTION IS BY KIPLING.

Reference

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK pp.34-36 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

WAR MEMORIALS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT by BORG, ALAN pp. 80,90, plates 77a and 77b Source: Image Library NIWM Published:LEO COOPER 1991 LONDON

Reference

Roll of Honour http://www.roll-of-honour.com/London/GuardsmemorialHorseGuardParade.html

Reference

A CENTURY OF STATUES. THE HISTORY OF THE MORRIS SINGER FOUNDRY by JAMES, DUNCAN pp. 35,47 plate 68. Source: Image Library NIWM Published:THE MORRIS SINGER FOUNDRY LTD 1984 BASINGSTOKE

Reference

Listing Description ID 210225

Reference

The Times 18 Oct. 1926 p.14 Report of unveiling. Dedication was performed by the senior chaplain of the Division when it was first formed in France, the Rev. H J Fleming, and the Benediction was given by the Chaplain-General to the Forces.

Reference

LONDON STATUES: A GUIDE TO LONDONS OUTDOOR STATUES AND SCULPTURE by BYRON, A pp.357-8. Source: Image Library NIWM Published:CONSTABLE 1981 LONDON Gen Higginson was a centenarian Grenadier. Bomb damage to three of the figures has been repaired.

Reference

LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY by GLEICHEN pp.45-6. Source: Image Library Published:LONGMAN'S, GREEN & CO 1928 LONDON

Reference

Public Sculpture of Britain Vol.14: 'Historic Westminster vol.1' by Philip Ward-Jackson (2011) pp.74-77 Detailed description and history.

Reference

The Sculpture of Gilbert Ledward by Catherine Moriarty pp.47-9, 52-5, 57, 106 Published:The Henry Moore Foundation 2003

Reference

Apollo Vol. cxxvii No.15 (Jan 1988) pp.22-26 'Gilbert Ledward and the Guards' Division Memorial' by Peyton Skipwith.

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