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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Birmingham
Town
Birmingham
County
West Midlands
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
S N Cooke, S N Cooke, ALBERT TOFT, William Bloye RBSA, W N Twist, W N Twist, John Barnsley & Sons
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 1923
    Attended by: HRH Prince of Wales KG
  • Unveiled
    Date: 4 July 1925
    Attended by: Lt Col Prince Arthur of Connaught KG, KT, GCMG,GCVO, CB
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2049
Current location

Hall of Memory
Broad Street
Birmingham
Birmingham
West Midlands
B1 2DR
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 06299 86774
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
An octagonal Hall of Classical design with a domed roof. On each of the four alternate sides are side chapels and a portico and against the remaining walls are granite pedestals on which are four allegorical figures representing the services. The figures represent: The Navy: Bare-chested sailor crouches and holds a coil of rope in one hand and the wheel of a ship in the other The Army: Bare-chested soldier crouches and rests a tin helmet on his left leg and rests his right hand on the barrel of a machine gun The Air Force: Bare-chested figure crouches and holds blade and aerlions of an aircraft in his left hand and another item in the other Women's Service: Woman crouches down whilst holding a wreath in her left hand with arm out stretched Inside the Hall are three relief panels. Each with an incised inscription at the base: Panel One: A wife says goodbye to her husband as he joins other civilians to march off to the war Panel Two: Soldiers fighting in the trenches, wounded comrades slump out of line Panel Three: The aftermath of war with wounded soldiers returning home Books of Remembrance recording the names of casualties are contained within a glass case with a dedicatory inscription on a marble tablet.
Inscription
INTERIOR RELIEFS: (PANEL ONE): OF THE 150,000 WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO ARMS / 12,320 FELL: 35,000 CAME HOME DISABLED (PANEL TWO): AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN / THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM (PANEL THREE): SEE TO IT THAT THEY SHALL NOT HAVE / SUFFERED AND DIED IN VAIN (OUTSIDE, FOUNDATION PLAQUE): 1914 - 1918. / TO THE IMMORTAL MEMORY OF THE / HEROIC DEAD / THIS STONE WAS LAID BY / H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES K.G. / JUNE 12TH 1923. INSCRIPTION UNDER ROLLS OF HONOUR: INSCRIBED ON THESE ROLLS OF HONOUR / ARE THE NAMES OF / THE CITIZENS OF BIRMINGHAM / WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE / IN THE WORLD WARS 1914 - 1918 AND 1939 - 1945 INTERNAL PLAQUE: THIS BUILDING IS / ERECTED TO THE / GLORY OF GOD / & IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN & WOMEN / OF THIS CITY WHO / FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918 / OPENED BY HRH / PRINCE ARTHUR OF / CONNAUGHT KG / JUNE 12TH 1923
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 11000
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 11000
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname; forename
    Order of information: Surname
Components
  • Building
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Figures
    Measurements: height 2140MM, width 1430MM
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Cornish
  • Tablets
    Measurements: height 1550MM, width 2230MM
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Book
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Paper
Listing information
  • Hall of Memory
  • Grade I
  • 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
Costs

Memorial: £60,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • War Memorials Trust Bulleton 72-February 2017-page 11
  • ID 468884
  • The Times 6 July 1925 p.11
  • IWM library holds a copy
  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL & SHREWSBURY NEWS by N/A P9, Col 7, 26 August 1922 Source: Media Library Published:N/A WELLINGTON, SHROPSHIRE
  • Other website www.hallofmemory.co.uk/
  • Public Sculpture of Britain Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield (1998) pp.21-24

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