Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
Merton
Town
Wimbledon
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14th October 1921
    Attended by: Sir Cecil Hertslet KBE
  • Rededicated
    Date: 7th November 2003
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
12465

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Current location

King's College School
Southside
Wimbledon Common
Wimbledon
Merton
Greater London
SW19 4TT
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 23447 70678
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Cylindrical, Grecian pedestal on base, surmounted by bronze (later bronze resin) statue of a nude athlete holding up the laurel wreath of Victory. Names inscribed on five panels around pedestal and Greek inscription, circled by laurel wreath relief, on base.
Inscription
SIDE: (Names) Front of base: THEIRS IS THE PRIZE OF A WELL GARLANDED DEATH (Translation of Greek inscription)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Addington, C J F
Andrews, B G
Angell, B E
Ashton, A L
Ayscgugh, D G
Backhouse, St J S
Baker, N S
Balfour, B
Barber, B K B
Beardshaw, R D
See details for all 159 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 159
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 159
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, intials
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze, Synthetic Material
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • King's College School War Memorial
  • 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
2009: Cleaned 2003: Bronze figure replaced with bronze resin figure modelled from photographs of the original. c1960s: Original bronze figure stolen. On the first occasion it was abandoned in a corner of the school grounds. It was replaced and secured to the pedestal with a steel tube, but stolen again a few weeks later and never recovered.
Costs

Comments: Financed by the School, the Old King's Club and from donations

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • The Times 3 Oct. 1921 p.7 Memorial will be unveiled on 14 October.
  • A Great Day School in London: A History of King's College School by Thomas Hinde pp.70-73 Published:James and James 1995 The memorial was unveiled by Sir Cecil Herslet KBE, an Old Boy and Governor.( Its pedestal was designed by Arthur Stratton FRIBA, also an Old Boy.)
  • Photograph of unveiling: may be from 'Wimbledon Borough News' 11 Nov. 1921 p.7

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