Old Salopians - WW1 And WW2 - Sir Philip Sidney Statue

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14013
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 24 May 1923
  • Dedicated : 24 May 1923
  • Unveiled : 1948

Current location

Shrewsbury School,Shrewsbury,Shrewsbury And Atcham,Shropshire,England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 490 120
Denomination: Unknown

Description

BRONZE STATUE OF SIR PHILIP SIDNEY IN ARMOUR SURMOUNTING TALL PEDESTAL. FIGURE REPRESENTED WITH THE LEGS ENCASED IN LEATHER BUSKINS, HOLDING HIS HELMET IN HIS RIGHT HAND AND HIS SWORD HILT IN HIS LEFT. NAMES CARVED IN COLUMNS ON TWO SIDES OF THE PEDESTAL. BRONZE REPRESENTATIONS ON THE OTHER TWO SIDES. WW2 NAMES ON LOW CONCAVE WALL ARCING AROUND BEHIND THE MEMORIAL FIRST BRONZE REPRESENTATION EPICTS A TRENCH SCENE. THIS IS A DUPLICATE OF WALKERS PANEL AT LIMEHOUSE (NIWM 625) BUT IS MUCH MORE DETAILED AND SHARPLY DEFINED. UNCLEAR WHETHER THIS IS A RESULT OF CASTING DIFFERENCES OR OF WEAR TO THE LIMEHOUSE EXAMPLE. SECOND PANEL DEPICTS SIR PHILIP SYDNEY'S DEATH AT THE BATTLE OF ZUTPHEN. SCHOOL ARMS ON THE 6 O'CLOCK FACE BELOW THE RELIEF

Inscription

6 O'CLOCK FACE: PHILLIPUS SIDNEY SALOPIENSIS / SCHOLAE MEAE ALUMNOS AGNOSTO/ MCMXIV + MCMXVII [approx translation: 'the students of my school understand'] 3 AND 9 O'CLOCK FACE: (NAMES) 12 O'CLOCK FACE: ZUTPHEN MDLXXXVI/ (NAMES) ON WALL: MCMXXXIX/ MCMXLV (NAMES)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Anglo-Spanish War (1585-1604)
Total names on memorial: 1
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,forename,additional
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

VC or GC Winners
Total names on memorial: 2
Served and returned: 0
Died: 2
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 259
Served and returned: 0
Died: 259
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 322
Served and returned: 0
Died: 322
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Component

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

Component

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

Component

Wall
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 24 May 1923
Attended by: LT-GEN SIR HAROLD G WALKER KCB KCMG DSO

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 24 May 1923
Attended by: Bishop of Chester

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 1948
Attended by: GENERAL SIR BERNARD PAGET

History

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: WW2 FUNDS RAISED AMOUNTED TO AROUND £15,000, BUT LARGELY USED TO PAY TO EDUCATE SONS OF FALLEN OLD SALOPIANS AT THE SCHOOL

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: SEE NOTES

Sponsorship

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

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Notes

PRESS CUTTING CONTAINS ACCOUNT OF SIR PHILIP SIDNEY AND THE BATTLE OF ZUTPHEN (1586) WW1 VC winners were H. Ackroyd and T.T. Pryce: the decoration is not shown on the memorial

Reference

Public Monuments and Sculpture Association SAshSRg1053

Reference

BRITISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAR MEMORIALS by KERNOT, C F PP 162-3 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:ROBERTS AND NEWTON 1927 LONDON

Reference

THE SHREWSBURY CHRONICLE by N/A 15 Ap. 1921 p.5; 21 July 1922 p.5 Source: Media Library Published:N/A SHREWSBURY

Reference

WELLINGTON JOURNAL & SHREWSBURY NEWS by N/A 27 Mar. 1920 p.5; 28 May 1921 p.8;25 Mar. 1922 p.12;26 May 1923 p.7;27 July 1946 p.6 Source: Media Library Published:N/A WELLINGTON, SHROPSHIRE

Reference

The Times 25 May 1923 p.9 col.f

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