Birmingham Hall Of Memory

Our reference
2049
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone : 1923
  • Unveiled : 4 July 1925

Current location

Hall of Memory,Broad St,Birmingham,Birmingham,West Midlands,B1 2EP,England
OS Grid Ref.: SP 063 868
Denomination: Unknown

Description

An octagonal Hall of Classical design with a domed roof. On each of the four alternate sides are side chapels and a portico and against the remaining walls are granite pedestals on which are four allegorical figures representing the services. The figures represent: The Navy: Bare-chested sailor crouches and holds a coil of rope in one hand and the wheel of a ship in the other The Army: Bare-chested soldier crouches and rests a tin helmet on his left leg and rests his right hand on the barrel of a machine gun The Air Force: Bare-chested figure crouches and holds blade and aerlions of an aircraft in his left hand and another item in the other Women's Service: Woman crouches down whilst holding a wreath in her left hand with arm out stretched Inside the Hall are three relief panels. Each with an incised inscription at the base: Panel One: A wife says goodbye to her husband as he joins other civilians to march off to the war Panel Two: Soldiers fighting in the trenches, wounded comrades slump out of line Panel Three: The aftermath of war with wounded soldiers returning home Books of Remembrance recording the names of casualties are contained within a glass case with a dedicatory inscription on a marble tablet.

Inscription

INTERIOR RELIEFS: (PANEL ONE): OF THE 150,000 WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO ARMS / 12,320 FELL: 35,000 CAME HOME DISABLED (PANEL TWO): AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN / THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM (PANEL THREE): SEE TO IT THAT THEY SHALL NOT HAVE / SUFFERED AND DIED IN VAIN (OUTSIDE, FOUNDATION PLAQUE): 1914 - 1918. / TO THE IMMORTAL MEMORY OF THE / HEROIC DEAD / THIS STONE WAS LAID BY / H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES K.G. / JUNE 12TH 1923. INSCRIPTION UNDER ROLLS OF HONOUR: INSCRIBED ON THESE ROLLS OF HONOUR / ARE THE NAMES OF / THE CITIZENS OF BIRMINGHAM / WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE / IN THE WORLD WARS 1914 - 1918 AND 1939 - 1945 INTERNAL PLAQUE: THIS BUILDING IS / ERECTED TO THE / GLORY OF GOD / & IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN & WOMEN / OF THIS CITY WHO / FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918 / OPENED BY HRH / PRINCE ARTHUR OF / CONNAUGHT KG / JUNE 12TH 1923

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 11000
Served and returned: 0
Died: 11000
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Book
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Paper
Listed?: No

Component

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

Component

Figures
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 2140MM , width 1430MM
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

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

Component

Tablets
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 1550MM , width 2230MM
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Foundation Stone
Date: 1923
Attended by: HRH Prince of Wales KG

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 4 July 1925
Attended by: Lt Col Prince Arthur of Connaught KG, KT, GCMG,GCVO, CB

History

1997 Oct. 15 Grade II listed

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: £60,000
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

CITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Notes

INFORMATION REGARDING RESEARCH LEADING TO THE ADDITION OF EXTRA NAMES TO THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE PLACED IN THE FILE

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

Public Sculpture of Britain Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield (1998) pp.21-24

Reference

Other website http://www.hallofmemory.co.uk/

Reference

WELLINGTON JOURNAL & SHREWSBURY NEWS by N/A P9, Col 7, 26 August 1922 Source: Media Library Published:N/A WELLINGTON, SHROPSHIRE

Reference

IWM library holds a copy

Reference

The Times 6 July 1925 p.11

Reference

ID 468884

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Archive for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this will be included in the record during 2015.

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