Royal Artillery

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Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 18th October 1925
  • Dedicated : 18th October 1925

Current location

Hyde Park,Hyde Park Corner,Hyde Park,City Of Westminster,Greater London,SW1,England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 270 800
Denomination: Unknown

Description

LARGE SQUARE PEDESTAL WITH SURMOUNTING CARVED 9.2" HOWITZER. FIGURES OF ARTILLERY MEN ON EACH SIDE: JUNIOR OFFICER WITH GREATCOAT AND EQUIPMENT (FRONT); AMMUNITION CARRIER (EAST FACE); CLOAKED DRIVER (WEST FACE). AT THE BACK IS A FIGURE OF A DEAD GUNNER SHROUDED IN A CLOAK. AROUND THE SIDES OF THE PEDESTAL ARE RELIEF PANELS DEPICTING GUNNERS IN ACTION.

Inscription

IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF THE/ FORTY NINE THOUSAND AND SEVENTY SIX/ OF ALL RANKS OF THE/ ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING/ AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919 (LIST OF THEATRES OF WAR AROUND BASE)

Inscription legible?

Yes

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

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

Component

Memorial
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Pedestal
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 18th October 1925
Attended by: FM HRH Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught KG

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 18th October 1925
Attended by: Chaplain General to the Forces

History

LISTED GRADE II* BY ENGLISH HERITAGE (REF NO. 406670). 2011, Nov: repaired and cleaned after damage from pollution, algae and rain water.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: FUNDED BY THE ROYAL ARTILLERY WAR COMMEMORATION FUND

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Other
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

1999: English Heritage.

Notes

Press cuttings are held on file demonstrating mixed reactions to the monument on its unveiling. Gun modelled on the Howitzer held in the Imperial War Museum. One of the models for the soldiers was Domenico Mancini, the most famous of the artist's models.

Reference

LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY by GLEICHEN 57 Source: Image Library Published:LONGMAN'S, GREEN & CO 1928 LONDON

Reference

Departments Q42445 - Q42456

Reference

WAR MEMORIALS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT by BORG, ALAN 81 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:LEO COOPER 1991 LONDON

Reference

BBC News Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15617376

Reference

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 33-34, 162 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

WAR MEMORIALS by WHITTICK, A 42,46,63 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:COUNTRY LIFE 1946 LONDON

Reference

MEMORIALS OF THE GREAT WAR IN BRITAIN: THE SYMBOLISM AND POLITICS OF REMEMBRANCE by KING, ALEX 118-120 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:BERG 1998 OXFORD

Reference

Published:Mainstream Publishing 1991 Edinburgh

Reference

The Independent 7 November 2011

Reference

The Sun 2 / 7th November 2011 Restoration

Reference

Metro 7 Nov. 2011 2 photos of restoration.

Reference

Private Eye No.1366 (16-29 May 2014). Comments by 'Piloti' (architectural correspondent) on dangers to stone friezes from repeated cleaning, traffic fumes and adjacent plane trees. English Heritage wants the trees removed, but Westminster City Council objects.

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