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Memorial details

Memorial type
Serviceman / Servicewoman
District
Wigan
Town
Wigan
County
Greater Manchester
Country
England
Commemoration
Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
Maker
Sir William Goscombe John RA
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 4 February 1903
    Attended by: Sir Francis Sharp Powell MP
Lost
Lost
WM Reference
18517
Current location
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Previous locations
  • Mesnes Park
    Wigan
    Wigan
    Greater Manchester
    WN1 1TU
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SD 57916 06396
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Inscribed plinth, originally surmounted by a highly detailed stone figure of an officer in Boer War campaign uniform and slouch hat holding a bronze banner and pistol. Removed following vandal and pollution damage in 1968 and replaced in 2013 with WMR 78731.
Inscription
THIS MEMORIAL / WAS ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / TO THE MEMORY OF / THE MEN BEONGING TO THE REGULAR / VOLUNTEER AND IMPERIAL YEOMANRY FORCES / OF WIGAN AND DISTRICT / WHO FELL IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR / 1899-1902
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
History
2010: Memorial must remain in its original position. There are now fundraising efforts to provide a replica statue to be placed on the plinth. 2009: A planning application has been submitted for the restoration of Mesnes Park and part of the proposed work includes the moving of the plinth to the Parson's Walk entrance. Local groups and residents are opposing this move. 2008: There are plans to either find the original figure or replace it if it can't be found. It is believed that the statue was disposed of at the bottom of the compost heap in Mesnes Park. Volunteers are currently excavating the heap to see if there is any trace of it. 1968: The sword was repeatedly stolen and the statue started to show signs of decay due vandalism leading to the loss of the flag and revolver as well as effects of weathering. As a result, it was removed by the council in 1968 and dumped in the park's compost heap.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Public subscription organised by Councillor Fryans.
Responsibility
Wigan District Council
Reference
  • Past Forward by Wigan Heritage Service 13/ number 26 Article by J. A. Hilton: The strange case of the vanishing statue
  • The Manchester Genealogist (The Journal of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society) Volume 36 No. 2, 2000, pages 93-111 for a long, detailed article on the Manchester Regiment in the Boer war which names all who served)
  • The Empty Plinth: Wigan's Missing Boer War Memorial by Hilton, J. A. 2003 Published:Prodesse Publications 2003 Wigan
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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