Sir Philip Sidney Statue - Old Salopians - WW1 and WW2

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

In the apex of the angle in the central avenue which leads to the front gate and the school building
Shrewsbury School
Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury And Atcham
Shropshire
SY3 7AL
England
OS Grid Ref.: SJ 48597 12075
Denomination: Undefined

Description

A bronze stature of Sir Philip Sidney in armour, mounted on a tall pedestal, holding his helmet in his right hand and his sword in his left. The names of the fallen from the First World War are carved in columns on two sides of the pedestal; the names of those killed in the Second World War are carved on a low concave wall which arcs behind the memorial. There are also bronze panels on the pedestal, depicting first a trench scene, and second Sir Philip Sidney's death at the Battle of Zutphen. The school arms are on the pedestal in 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

Names on memorial

Ackroyd, H
Adams, L K
Adams, G N
Addy, J C
Aitchison, A L
Alltree, E W
Alltree, C D
Anderson, N R
Anderson, H G
Arnold, O V
See details for all 234 names

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

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

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

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: Undefined

Component

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

Component

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

Component

Figure
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
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: Gen Sir Bernard Paget

History

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: The funds raised after the Second World War amounted to around £15,000, but this money was largely used to pay for the education of the sons of Old Salopians at the school.

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

Reference

'Salopians in London: Annual Meeting', Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, 27 March 1920, p. 5.

Reference

'Shrewsbury School: War Memorial', Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, 28 May 1921, p. 8.

Reference

'Shrewsbury School War Memorial', Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, 25 March 1922, p. 12.

Reference

'...The war memorial is a life-sized stature of Sir Philip Sidney...', The Times, 25 May 1923, p. 9.

Reference

'Two Memorials at Shrewsbury School', Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, 26 May 1923, p. 7.

Reference

British Public Schools War Memorials, C F Kernot (1927), pp. 162-163.

Reference

'Shrewsbury School War Memorial Plans', Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News, 27 July 1946, p. 6.

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