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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
City Of Westminster
Town
Westminster
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
John Tweed, Messers E J & A T Bradford, Edward Barnsley, MR Graily Hewitt HRMS, Miss Ida Henstock, MR Charles Spooner Friba
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 10 March 1932
    Attended by: HRH Prince of Wales KG
  • Dedicated
    Date: 10 March 1932
    Attended by: Archbishop of Canterbury
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
3130
Current location

Royal Gallery (books and panels) Black Rod's Garden (statue)
Palace of Westminster
Westminster
City Of Westminster
Greater London
SW1A 2PW
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30258 79505
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Two bronze figures are in black rod's garden behind Victoria tower. Figures depict a youth 'proud of his right to serve seen at the end of his task offering up his sword to his country', depicted by a female figure. Fourteen oak panels in the Royal Gallery have the names of the dead engraved in gold. A nearby case holds three illuminated books listing the names giving details of the life and careers of the fallen. Each page has coat of arms of deceased or his father.
Inscription
Plinth: IN PIAM MEMORIAM. 1914-1919 Panels: HOUSE OF LORDS/ IN PIAM MEMORIAM/ 1914-1919 (LIST OF NAMES)/ 1939-1945/ (NAMES) Books: / THE THUNDERING LINE OF BATTLE STANDS,/ AND IN THE AIR DEATH MOANS AND SINGS;/ BUT DAY SHALL CLASP HIM WITH STRONG HANDS,/ AND NIGHT SHALL FOLD HIM IN SOFT WINGS (last stanza of 'Into Battle' by Julian Grenfell, son of Lord Desborough)/ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 243
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 243
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,manner of death,age of death,relationships,occupation,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 143
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 143
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,manner of death,age of death,relationships,occupation,additional,decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Panelling
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Book
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Vellum
Listing information
Condition
History
c 1948: bronze figures removed from Royal Gallery and placed in storage c 1953-1955: oak panels repolished, regilded, and names of WW2 dead added c 1990s: bronze figures placed in Black Rod's Garden
Costs

Comments: Funds were raised by the peers themselves

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Responsibility
Parliamentary Works Directorate
Reference
  • Daily Telegraph 11 MAR 1932

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