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Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
Liverpool
Town
Liverpool
County
Merseyside
Country
England
Commemoration
First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars (1839-1842 and 1878-1880), Anglo-Burmese War; Third (1885-1886), Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Maker
MESSRS WILLIAM KIRKPATRICK LTD, MESSRS WILLIAM KIRKPATRICK LTD, SIR WILLIAM GOSCOMBE JOHN RA, A B Burton
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 9 September 1905
    Attended by: FM SIR GEORGE WHITE VC GCB
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1285
Current location
  • St Johns Gardens
    St Johns La
    Liverpool
    Liverpool
    Merseyside
    L1 6EN
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SJ 34854 90686
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Central pedestal surmounted by figure of Britannia. Pedestal is flanked by arching walls with figure of a serviceman at each end. Inscription on the plinth and walls Britannia stands with right hand raised whilst in her left she holds a spray of laurel and carries a round shield decorated with sea horses. On her head is a helmet topped by a ship's prow with a sea horse crest. Bronze swags placed around the upper edge of the pedestal. A soldier of 1685 stands at the left end of the wall and a soldier of 1902 stands at the right end of the wall. Guns and other military equipment lie on the sloping step at the foot of the pedestal intermingled with wreaths and palms and covered with the union flag. Laurel wreath placed in front. At the rear of the memorial, on the pedestal, is the regimental badge, a sphinx and a laurel twig device. Below this is the figure of a drummer boy dressed in the uniform of 1743. He sits on a rock beating a call to arms. Behind him are banners, a cannon and a musket.
Inscription
(Front face): THE/ KINGS/ LIVERPOOL/ REGIMENT/ THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS/ NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE/ REGIMENT AND BY THE GRATEFUL CONTRIBUTIONS/ OF THE PEOPLE OF LIVERPOOL IN MEMORY OF/ THEIR COMRADES AND FELLOW CITIZENS WHO/ DIED DURING THE CAMPAIGN IN AFGHANISTAN 1878-80/ BURMA 1885-1887 AND SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902/ SOME FELL ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE SOME DIED/ OF WOUNDS AND SOME OF DISEASE BUT ALL GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR THE HONOUR OF THE REG-/-IMENT THEIR CITY AND THEIR COUNTY (Front face, left arch wing): AFGHANISTAN 1878-80. BURMAH 1885-7/ (Names) (Front face, right arch wing: SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902/ (Names) (Front, tomb slab): PRO PATRIA (Front, base): NEC ASPERA TERRENT (Rear face, left arch wing): BLENHEIM. RAMILLIES. OUDENARDE./ MALPLAQUET. DETTINGEN. DEFENCE OF (Rear face, right arch wing): MARTINIQUE. NIAGARA. DELHI./ LUCKNOW. PEIWOR - KOTAL/ LADYSMITH
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars (1839-1842 and 1878-1880)
    Total names on memorial: 66
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 66
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Anglo-Burmese War; Third (1885-1886)
    Total names on memorial: 110
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 110
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
    Total names on memorial: 179
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 179
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Details of name list not known/partially known
    Order of information: rank
Listing information
  • MONUMENT TO THE KING'S LIVERPOOL REGIMENT
  • 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
DATE UNKNOWN: THE BLACK EPOXY PAINT IS WEARING OFF THE BRONZE. THERE IS MUCH GRAFFITI ON THE STONEWORK. ALL THE BRONZE LETTERING IS MISSING. TOP BLADE OF PALM AND THE PLUME FROM A MILITARY HAT IS MISSING FROM THE PILE OF MILITARY EQUIPMENT. PILE IS BADLY WORN. PARTS OF THE TRIGGER MECHANISMS OF THE GUNS HELD BY THE SOLDIERS IS MISSING. LANCE POINT OF THE LOWER OF THE TWO FLAG STAFFS BEHIND THE DRUMMER BOY IS MISSING. 1975 March 14:Listed Grade II
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • St John's Gardens - A place of remembrance in a modern city - by Katy Layton-Jones pg.1-6
  • The Times 11 Sep. 1905 p.5 Report of FM White's speech. Before the ceremony the Lord Mayor presented him with a silver salver engraved with a design of the front portion of the memorial.
  • Listing Description ID 359414
  • Public Sculpture of Britain Liverpool (1997) pp. 177-180. Detailed description and history quoting references.
  • Local Publication/Booklet ' Mercury'7 Ap. 1903; 11 Sep. 1905.
  • Liverpool Daily Post 17 Ap. 1903; 11 Sep. 1905; 8 Nov. 1905
  • Local Publication/Booklet 'Courier' 9 Sep. 1905; 11 Sep. 1905.
  • For Remembrance and in Honour of Those Who Lost Their Lives in the South African War 1899-1902 by Gildea, James 100 Published:Eyre and Spottiswoode 1911 London Includes names of the six officers died in South Africa.

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