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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Birmingham
Town
Birmingham
County
West Midlands
Country
England
Commemoration
Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Maker
ALBERT TOFT
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 23rd June 1906
    Attended by: Gen Sir Ian Hamilton GCB GCMG DSO
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
17351
Current location

Withing formally laid out gardens closer to the northern end of the park and to the east of the Canoe Pool
CANNON HILL PARK
Birmingham
Birmingham
West Midlands
B12 9QA
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 06828 83930
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
RED GRANITE BASE SURMOUNTED BY TAPERING PEDESTAL AND SCULPTURE OF A FEMALE FIGURE, GUN CARRIAGE AND TWO SOLDIERS. BRONZE BAS-RELIEF ON THE FRONT FACE AND NAME PANLES ON THE OTHER THREE FACES OF THE PEDESTAL FIGURES ARE OF TWO SOLDIERS IN HEROIC POSE WHO FLANK A GUN CARRIAGE IN THE CENTRE. ABOVE THEM STANDS A FEMALE FIGURE REPRESENTING PEACE. ON HER LEFT ARM SHE SUPPORTS A SHIELD BEARING THE CITY ARMS AND AN OLIVE BRANCH. IN HER RIGHT HAND SHE HELD A WREATH BUT THIS IS NOW MISSING. ON THE FRONT OF THE PEDESTAL THE RELIEF SHOWS TWO CLASSICAL FEMALE FIGURES REPRESENTING GRIEF AND SYMPATHY, HOLDING WREATHS AND SUPPRTING A SHIELD WITH INSCRIPTION
Inscription
TO / THE GLORIOUS MEMORY / OF THE / SONS OF BIRMINGHAM / WHO FELL IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899 - 1902 / AND TO PERPETUATE / THE EXAMPLE OF ALL WHO / SERVED IN THE WAR / THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED / BY THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
    Total names on memorial: 521
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 521
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: height 4000MM
    Materials: Granite - Red
  • Figures
    Measurements: depth 1500MM, height 2000MM, width 1500MM
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • Boer War Memorial, Cannon Hill Park
  • 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
2012: restored.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Reference
  • Public Sculpture of Britain Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield(1998) p.106
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin 72-February 2017, page 11
  • For Remembrance and in Honour of Those Who Lost Their Lives in the South African War 1899-1902 by Gildea, James 217 Published:Eyre and Spottiswoode 1911 London
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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