Wigan And District South African War

Our reference
18517
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 04 February 1903

Current location

Mesnes Park,Wigan,Wigan,Greater Manchester,England
OS Grid Ref.: SD 580 050
Denomination: Unknown

Description

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.

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Figure
Condition: Lost
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone
Listed?: No

Component

Plinth
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Granite
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 04 February 1903
Attended by: Sir Francis Sharp Powell MP

History

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.

Costs

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

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Wigan District Council

Reference

Past Forward by Wigan Heritage Service 13/ number 26 Article by J. A. Hilton: The strange case of the vanishing statue

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

The Empty Plinth: Wigan's Missing Boer War Memorial by Hilton, J. A. 2003 Published:Prodesse Publications 2003 Wigan

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