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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
Lambeth
Town
Lambeth
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
Maker
IAN WALTERS
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 5 October 1985
    Attended by: MICHAEL FOOT
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
39155
Current location

Jubilee Gardens
Belvedere Road
Lambeth
Lambeth
Greater London
SE1 8XX
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30678 79965
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
SCULPTED ABSTRACT GROUP. FOUR FIGURES SUPPORT A WOUNDED, KNEELING FIGURE, THEIR FREE ARMS OUT-STRECHED. TWO OF THE FIGURES HAVE OPEN PALMS IN THE ACT OF FENDING OFF TO PROTECT, AND TWO HAVE THEIR FISTS CLENCHED, EXPRESSING DEFIANT RESISTANCE. SCULPTURE IS MOUNTED ON BLACK STONE PLINTH. INSCRIPTION IN GILT INCISED LETTERING.
Inscription
Front face: INTERNATIONAL/ BRIGADE/ IN HONOUR OF OVER 2100 MEN &/ WOMEN VOLUNTEERS WHO LEFT/ THESE SHORES TO FIGHT SIDE/ BY SIDE WITH THE SPANISH PEOPLE/ IN THEIR HEROIC STRUGGLE/ AGAINST FASCISM 1939-1939./ MANY WERE WOUNDED AND/ MAIMED, 526 WERE KILLED/ THEIR EXAMPLE INSPIRED/ THE WORLD 3 o'clock face: "THEY WENT BECAUSE THEIR/ OPEN EYES/ COULD SEE NO OTHER WAY" 9 o'clock face: "YET FREEDOM! YET THY BANNER,/ TORN, BUT FLYING, STREAMS/ LIKE THE THUNDER-STORM/ AGAINST THE WIND" 12 o'clock face: THIS MEMORIAL UNVEILED BY MICHAEL FOOT 5TH OCTOBER/ 1985 WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY/ THE SUPPORT OF MANY/ DEMOCRATIC ORGANISATIONS/ INDIVIDUALS AND THE/ GREATER LONDON COUNCIL.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)
    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: Stone
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
History
July 2012: Plaque (IWM-WMA 65775) added in front of memorial.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • MEMORIALS OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR by WILLIAMS ET AL 4-5 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:ALAN SUTTON PUBLISHING LTD 1996 STROUD
  • Local Publication/Booklet No.33 (Autumn-Winter 2012) p.1 'International Brigade Memorial Trust Newsletter'
  • The Guardian 14 July 2000 Obituary of Bill Alexander (1910-2000), last commander of British battalion of International Brigade and for over 30 years honorarysecretary of the International Brigade Association, which has sponsored many memorials to the Spanish Civil War.
  • Our Blog ukniwm.wordpress.com/2008/03/07/last-scottish-veteran-of-spanish-civil-war-dies/

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