Kings Liverpool Regt Boer War

Current location

St Johns Gardens,St Johns La,Liverpool,Liverpool,Merseyside,L1 6EN,England
OS Grid Ref.: SD 348 907
Denomination: Unknown

Description

CENTRAL PEDESTAL SURMOUNTED BY FIGURE OF BRITANNIA. PEDESTAL IS FLANKED BY ARCHING WALLS WITH FIGURE OF A SERVICEMAN AT EACH END. INSCRIPTION ON THE PLINTH AND WALLS BRITANNIA STANDS WITH RIGHT HAND RAISED WHILST IN HER LEFT SHE HOLDS A SPRAY OF LAUREL AND CARRIES A ROUND SHIELD DECORATED WITH SEA HORSES. ON HER HEAD IS A HELMET TOPPED BY A SHIP'S PROW WITH A SEA HORSE CREST. BRONZE SWAGS PLACED AROUND THE UPPER EDGE OF THE PEDESTAL. A SOLDIER OF 1685 STANDS AT THE LEFT END OF THE WALL AND A SOLDIER OF 1902 STANDS AT THE RIGHT END OF THE WALL. GUNS AND OTHER MILITARY EQUIPMENT LIE ON THE SLOPING STEP AT THE FOOT OF THE PEDESTAL, INTERMINGLED WITH WREATHS AND PALMS AND COVERED WITH THE UNION FLAG. LAUREL WREATH PLACED IN FRONT. AT THE REAR OF THE MEMORIAL, ON THE PEDESTAL, IS THE REGIMENTAL BADGE, A SPHINX AND A LAUREL TWIG DEVICE. BELOW THIS IS THE FIGURE OF A DRUMMER BOY DRESSED IN THE UNIFORM OF 1743. HE SITS ON A ROCK BEATING A CALL TO ARMS. BEHIND HIM ARE BANNERS, A CANNON AND A MUSKET.

Inscription

(Front face): THE/ KINGS/ LIVERPOOL/ REGIMENT/ THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS/ NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE/ REGIMENT AND BY THE GRATEFUL CONTRIBUTIONS/ OF THE PEOPLE OF LIVERPOOL IN MEMORY OF/ THEIR COMRADES AND FELLOW CITIZENS WHO/ DIED DURING THE CAMPAIGN IN AFGHANISTAN 1878-80/ BURMA 1885-1887 AND SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902/ SOME FELL ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE SOME DIED/ OF WOUNDS AND SOME OF DISEASE BUT ALL GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR THE HONOUR OF THE REG-/-IMENT THEIR CITY AND THEIR COUNTY (Front face, left arch wing): AFGHANISTAN 1878-80. BURMAH 1885-7/ (Names) (Front face, right arch wing: SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902/ (Names) (Front, tomb slab): PRO PATRIA (Front, base): NEC ASPERA TERRENT (Rear face, left arch wing): BLENHEIM. RAMILLIES. OUDENARDE./ MALPLAQUET. DETTINGEN. DEFENCE OF (Rear face, right arch wing): MARTINIQUE. NIAGARA. DELHI./ LUCKNOW. PEIWOR - KOTAL/ LADYSMITH

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Total names on memorial: 179
Served and returned: 0
Died: 179
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank
Order of information: rank

Subject / Period

First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars (1839-1842 and 1878-1880)
Total names on memorial: 66
Served and returned: 0
Died: 66
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

Anglo-Burmese War; Third (1885-1886)
Total names on memorial: 110
Served and returned: 0
Died: 110
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Component

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

Component

Pedestal
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Granite
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 9 September 1905
Attended by: FM SIR GEORGE WHITE VC GCB

History

DATE UNKNOWN: THE BLACK EPOXY PAINT IS WEARING OFF THE BRONZE. THERE IS MUCH GRAFFITI ON THE STONEWORK. ALL THE BRONZE LETTERING IS MISSING. TOP BLADE OF PALM AND THE PLUME FROM A MILITARY HAT IS MISSING FROM THE PILE OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT. PILE IS BADLY WORN. PARTS OF THE TRIGGER MECHANISMS OF THE GUNS HELD BY THE SOLDIERS IS MISSING. LANCE POINT OF THE LOWER OF THE TWO FLAG STAFFS BEHIND THE DRUMMER BOY IS MISSING. 1975 March 14:Listed Grade II

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public, other
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

For Remembrance and in Honour of Those Who Lost Their Lives in the South African War 1899-1902 by Gildea, James 100 Published:Eyre and Spottiswoode 1911 London Includes names of the six officers died in South Africa.

Reference

Local Publication/Booklet 'Courier' 9 Sep. 1905; 11 Sep. 1905.

Reference

Liverpool Daily Post 17 Ap. 1903; 11 Sep. 1905; 8 Nov. 1905

Reference

Local Publication/Booklet ' Mercury'7 Ap. 1903; 11 Sep. 1905.

Reference

Public Sculpture of Britain Liverpool (1997) pp. 177-180. Detailed description and history quoting references.

Reference

Listing Description ID 359414

Reference

The Times 11 Sep. 1905 p.5 Report of FM White's speech. Before the ceremony the Lord Mayor presented him with a silver salver engraved with a design of the front portion of the memorial.

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