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Memorial details

Memorial type
Arch
District
Lambeth
Town
Waterloo
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
Farmer and Brindley, H H Martyn and Co., Charles Whiffen, A W Szlumper CBE, J R Scott
Ceremony
  • Opened
    Date: 21 March 1922
    Attended by: HM QUEEN MARY
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
12182
Current location

Waterloo Railway Station
Waterloo Road
Waterloo
Lambeth
Greater London
SE1 8SW
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 31001 79996
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Entrance arch to Waterloo Station. Above the arch is Britannia holding the torch of liberty with figures either side.Seven cartouches with names of campaigns separated by panoply, are above the inscription. To the left of the arch above the date 1914 is the figure of Bellona, goddess of war, surrounded by four mourning figures. To the right above the date 1918 is the seated figure of Peace surrounded by five figures, including an infant. Peace is holding a small winged figure of Victory. Name plaques are inside the arch.
Inscription
Above main entrance on cartouches: BELGIUM; ITALY;DARDANELLES; FRANCE; MESOPOTAMIA; EGYPT; NORTH SEA/ DEDICATED TO THE EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY WHO FELL IN THE WAR/ WATERLOO STATION. On plaques:1914 ROLL OF HONOUR 1918/ NAMES OF THE COMPANY'S EMPLOYEES/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, A R
Ackland, W
Adams, W
Adey, E
Aitken, J
Aldridge, E J
Allen, C M
Andrews, W E
Annetts, H H
Arnold, R G
See details for all 575 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 585
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 585
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Arch
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
Listing information
  • WATERLOO STATION (Victory Arch)
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
The wording under the inscription on the arch was formerly LONDON & SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY, presumably removed after 1923 when it was absorbed into the Southern Railway. Shrapnel damage in WW2. May 2000: Memorial cleaned by Haverstock Associates, London. GradeII listed 8 March 2002. 2004 and 2011 It is proposed to demolish and replace the adjacent Elizabeth House, which will improve the setting of the Victory Arch. 2012 stone steps replaced and bronze hanrails refurbished.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY by GLEICHEN 206 Source: Image Library Published:LONGMAN'S, GREEN & CO 1928 LONDON
  • RHT supported the refurbishment of bronze balustrades and installation of new treads to Victory Arch steps: cost £18,000.
  • Private Eye No.1051 p.12 (5-18 April 2002)
  • Underground News No.509 p.231 (May 2004)
  • Railway Gazette 24 March 1922 pp.511, 519-26; 31 March 1922 ; 9 June 1922 p.914, pp.919-936; 11 August 1922 TNA ref ZPER 9/35. 9 June 1922 issue includes supplement listing contractors.
  • STAND TO! c July 1997 Published:WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION
  • London Railway Record July 1998 p.86
  • AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK p.28 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK
  • The Railway Heritage of Britain by Biddle, G and Nock, O S pp.214-5.
  • Illustrated London News 25 March 1922 p.444
  • The Times 22 March 1922 pp. 9 col.a, 16 col.c
  • The Railway Magazine Vol.45 pp.443-4 (1919); Vol.50 opp. p.299.
  • Evening Standard 2 February 2011 p.32

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