Gen J Wolfe

Our reference
62175
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 2 January 1911
  • Dedicated : 2 January 1911

Current location

The Green,Westerham,Sevenoaks,Kent,TN16 1AS,England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 447 540
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Statue of a figure with a raised sword set on a square plinth with bulbous lower half. All is set on a square base with surrounding paved area.

Inscription

MAJ GEN (?)/JAMES WOLFE/ BORN AT/ WESTERHAM/JANUARY 2/ 1727/ died at the battle of/ QUEBEC/ The 15th September/ 1759 (Line spacing and sentence case uncertain)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Seven Years War (1756-1763)
Total names on memorial: 1
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,year died,place of death,forename,place of birth
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Figure
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Lead
Listed?: No

Component

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

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 2 January 1911
Attended by: FIELD MARSHAL THE RIGHT HONOURABLE EARL ROBERTS VC KG KP GCB OM GCSI GCIE

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 2 January 1911
Attended by: Bishop of Chichester,Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: c£1,200
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Notes

Photos from internet and newspaper. The statue was unveiled on Gen Wolfe's birthday.

Reference

Kent by Mee, Arthur A. Mee. (1936) pp 470-471.

Reference

Geograph http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2029137 and 2007498

Reference

Buildings of England series by Various West Kent and the Weald (1980) p596 '...the "clou" of the town. Lead on a bulgy stone base. Wolfe, in a cocked hat, awkwardly brandishes his sword. Something slicker would not have fitted so well.'

Reference

The Times 6 Jan. 1910 p.12. W Birnie Rhind, ARA, had submitted a model of the proposed statue.

Reference

The Times 11 Mar. 1910 p.11;13 Sep. 1910 p.7;31 Dec. 2010 p13; 3 Jan. 1911 p.6;5 May 1911 p.5

Reference

Illustrated London News 7 Jan. 1911 p.3 Photograph of unveiling ceremony

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