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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast figure
District
Dartford
Town
Dartford
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953)
Maker
Mr Arthur G Walker RA, A B Burton
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 07th May 1922
    Attended by: AIR VICE MARSHAL SIR G SALMOND
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
132
Current location
  • The memorial is opposite the library.
    Dartford Central Park
    Market Street
    Dartford
    Dartford
    Kent
    DA1 1EU
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 54280 73914
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Stepped granite pedestal on a granite base surmounted by a bronze statue of a British Tommy. The pedestal is in three unequal sections. The bottom section has three inscribed bronze plaques on it. The central section is inscribed on all sides by the names of the fallen with inset figuartive bronze plaques depicting a naval heavy gun and gun crew and a biplane and observers. The third section is inscribed on all sides. The statue of the British Tommy is depicted in full battle dress, carrying a backpack and with kit slung from his belt. The figure stands at ease resting both hands on the muzzle of his rifle.
Inscription
Face 1: IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE GALLANT SONS OF THIS TOWN, WHO FELL IN THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM 1914-1919 (Names) Face 2: TRANQUIL YOU LIE, YOUR KNIGHTLY VIRTUE PROVED YOUR MEMORY HALLOWED IN THE LAND YOU LOVED. TO ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM (Names) Face 3: ALL YOU HAD HOPED FOR, ALL YOU HAD, YOU GAVE TO SAVE MANKIND - YOURSELVES YOU SCORNED TO SAVE (Names) Face 4: SPLENDID YOU PASSED, THE GREAT SURRENDER MADE, INTO THE LIGHT THAT NEVER SHALL FADE (Names) 1 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM 2 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO OUR DEAD OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1930-1945 3 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO ALL WHO DIED IN THE KOREAN WAR 1950-3 (exact line spacing unknown - inscriptions split betwen 3 plaques)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 350
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 350
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Surname.
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Listing information
  • DARTFORD 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
2006: Memorial is Grade II listed
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Dartford Borough Council
Reference
  • The Borough Bulletin July 1933
  • Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service 1922 Form of service for unveiling and dedication
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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