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Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
Birmingham
Town
Duddeston
County
West Midlands
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
H H Martyn and Co., WALTER HENRY GILBERT, LOUIS WEINGARTNER
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 19th November 1921
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
17374
Current location

Birmingham Museum Trust Collection Centre
Dollman Street
Duddeston
Birmingham
West Midlands
B7 4RQ
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 08858 87527
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • In the grounds of the club.
    Hollyfields Sports Centre
    Woodacre Road
    Erdington
    Birmingham
    West Midlands
    B24 0JT
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SP 12302 91566
    Denomination: Undefined
  • Council House
    Edmund Street
    Birmingham
    Birmingham
    West Midlands
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
A hopton stone pedestal surmounted by a bronze figure of Britannia, with the inscription on the front of the pedestal. Newspapers and scrolls are sealed inside. Britannia holds vistory in her right hand and in her left she holds the palms of victory and the rosary of remembrance.
Inscription
TO THE/ GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF/ THE MEN OF THE/ BIRMINGHAM/ GAS DEPARTMENT/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919 AND 1939-1945/ (Names)/ LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: height 2200MM
    Materials: Stone - Hopton Wood
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: height 1400MM
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
History
1999: Memorial due to be refurbished and suitable replacement for figure considered. 1994: Bronze figure of Britannia was stolen shortly after it was moved to the current location. Unknown: When the memorial was moved from the council house the scrolls and newspapers were removed and conserved and re-gilded before being re-sealed within the work.
Costs

Site: £550

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate,other
Responsibility
British Gas
Reference
  • Public Sculpture of Britain Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield (1998) pp.156-7

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