Wigan And District South African War
OS Grid Ref.: SD 580 050
Inscribed plinth, originally surmounted by a highly detailed stone figure of an officer in Boer War campaign uniform and slouch hat holding a bronze banner and pistol.
Subject / Period
Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined
Date: 04 February 1903
Attended by: Sir Francis Sharp Powell MP
2010: Memorial must remain in its original position. There are now fundraising efforts to provide a replica statue to be placed on the plinth. 2009: A planning application has been submitted for the restoration of Mesnes Park and part of the proposed work includes the moving of the plinth to the Parson's Walk entrance. Local groups and residents are opposing this move. 2008: There are plans to either find the original figure or replace it if it can't be found. It is believed that the statue was disposed of at the bottom of the compost heap in Mesnes Park. Volunteers are currently excavating the heap to see if there is any trace of it. 1968: The sword was repeatedly stolen and the statue started to show signs of decay due vandalism leading to the loss of the flag and revolver as well as effects of weathering. As a result, it was removed by the council in 1968 and dumped in the park's compost heap.
Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Trust fund / scholarship
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Wigan District Council
Past Forward by Wigan Heritage Service 13/ number 26 Article by J. A. Hilton: The strange case of the vanishing statue
Carter Postcard Collection
The Empty Plinth: Wigan's Missing Boer War Memorial by Hilton, J. A. 2003 Published:Prodesse Publications 2003 Wigan
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