The Response 1914
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- Memorial type
- Unveiled : 5 July 1923
Barras Bridge,Newcastle Upon Tyne,Newcastle Upon Tyne,Tyne And Wear,NE1 7RH,England
OS Grid Ref.: NZ 249 650
Granite wall with abutting plinth at front and rear, on which is mounted a large group of bronze figures on front face and three granite figures on the rear face. The group at the front is a work entitled 'The Response 1914' and shows soldiers and would-be recruits led by two drummer boys. Intermingled are men and boys carrying tools or rifles in uniform or working clothes. Some of the figures are saying goodbye to their families who are also accompanying the group and others wave. Above, flags are flying and a winged angel figure flies at the front, above the group, sounding a trumpet. On the rear side of the wall is the figure of St George flanked by the figure of a Northumberland Fusilier in the uniform of a First World War soldier and a figure of a Northumberland Fusilier in the uniform of 1674, the year in which the Regiment was raised.
6 O'Clock Face: NON SIBI SED PATRIAE / THE RESPONSE 1914 12 O'Clock Face: QUO FATA VOCANT/ TO COMMEMORATE THE RAISING OF THE B COMPANY / 9TH BATTALION AND THE 16TH, 18TH AND 19TH SERVICE / BATTALIONS, NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILERS, BY THE / NEWCASTLE AND GATESHEAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AUGUST - OCTOBER 1914
Subject / Period
First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown
Materials: Granite - Shap
Date: 5 July 1923
Attended by: HRH Prince of Wales KG
1971 Dec. 17: Listed Grade II*
Comments: Sir George and Lady Renwick commissioned the memorial. A meeting of the Council and Trustees of St Mary Magdalene Hospital in February 1923 agreed that a portion of the grounds at St Thomas's church should be given to the city for the memorial.
Trust fund / scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Details: Unknown or N/A
Newcastle City Council
Non Sibi Sed Patriae translates as 'Not for self, but for country'. MEMORIAL WAS THE GIFT OF SIR GEORGE AND LADY RENWICK. IT WAS RAISED TO COMMEMORATE THREE EVENTS. FIRSTLY, THE RAISING OF THE COMMERCIAL BATTALION OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MILITARY COMMITTEE. SECONDLY, THE RETURN OF THE RENWICKS' FIVE SONS FROM WW1, THIRDLY, SIR GEORGE RENWICKS ATTAINMENT OF 50 YEARS COMMERCIAL LIFE IN NEWCASTLE QUAYSIDE. THE SITE WAS GIVEN BY THE CORPORATION.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 45-47,135 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK
Carter Postcard Collection
The Times 30 June 1923 p.9 col.a;6 July 1923 p.10
Other website http://www.victorianweb.org/sculpture/john/31.html
The Glorious Dead: Figurative Sculpture of British First World War Memorials by Geoff Archer p55-62
Public Monuments and Sculpture Association TWNE03 http://www.pmsa.org.uk/pmsa-database/9476/
Metro 30 Nov. 2010 Photo of part of the memorial under snow.
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