Dartford Town

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Memorial type
Lost
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Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 07th May 1922

Current location

Dartford Central Park,Market Street,Dartford,Dartford,Kent,DA1 1EU,England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 543 739
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Stepped granite pedestal on a granite base surmounted by a bronze statue of a British Tommy. The pedestal is in three unequal sections. The bottom section has three inscribed bronze plaques on it. The central section is inscribed on all sides by the names of the fallen with inset figuartive bronze plaques depicting a naval heavy gun and gun crew and a biplane and observers. The third section is inscribed on all sides. The statue of the British Tommy is depicted in full battle dress, carrying a backpack and with kit slung from his belt. The figure stands at ease resting both hands on the muzzle of his rifle.

Inscription

FACE 1: IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE GALLANT SONS OF THIS TOWN, WHO FELL IN THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM 1914-1919 (NAMES) FACE 2: TRANQUIL YOU LIE, YOUR KNIGHTLY VIRTUE PROVED YOUR MEMORY HALLOWED IN THE LAND YOU LOVED. TO ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM (NAMES) FACE 3: ALL YOU HAD HOPED FOR, ALL YOU HAD, YOU GAVE TO SAVE MANKIND - YOURSELVES YOU SCORNED TO SAVE (NAMES) FACE 4: SPLENDID YOU PASSED, THE GREAT SURRENDER MADE, INTO THE LIGHT THAT NEVER SHALL FADE (NAMES) 1 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM 2 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO OUR DEAD OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1930-1945 3 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO ALL WHO DIED IN THE KOREAN WAR 1950-3 (exact line spacing unknown - inscriptions split betwen 3 plaques)

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

Korean War (1950-1953)
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: 350
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Component

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

Component

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

Component

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

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 07th May 1922
Attended by: AIR VICE MARSHAL SIR G SALMOND

History

2006: Memorial is Grade II listed

Costs

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

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

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

Responsibility of

Dartford Borough Council

Notes

"DARTFORD AND THE GREAT WAR" BY GETHYN REES

Notes

The sculptor Arthur Walker was selected after the Dartford War Memorial Committee saw his memorial in Sevenoaks which uses the same British Tommy statue. The sculptor sketched his design for the Tommy from life; the model was a soldier, recently returned from Flanders with whom the artist corresponded on his return to the trenches. According to Walker the man survived to see photographs of the finished statue.

Reference

The Borough Bulletin July 1933

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service 1922 Form of service for unveiling and dedication

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