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Memorial details

Memorial type
Tapestry / Needlepoint
District
Windsor And Maidenhead
Town
Eton
County
Berkshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
MESSRS WILLIAM MORRIS & CO OF MERTON ABBEY, LADY CHILSTON
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
41467
Current location

On the lower chapel
Eton College
Eton
Windsor And Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL4 6DL
England

OS Grid Ref: SU 96674 77872
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
FOUR TAPESTRY PANELS DEPICTING THE LIFE OF ST GEORGE AS TYPIFYING THOSE ETONIANS WHO FELL. DEDICATORY INSCRIPTION ON WOODEN PANELLING AND INSCRIPTION AT THE BASE OF EACH TAPESTRY TAPESTRY ONE: ST GEORGE IS DEPICTED LEARNING, BEING GIVEN HIS SWORD AND GOING INTO THE WORLD. IN THE BACKGROUND ARE WINDSOR CASTLE AND LUPTON'S TOWER. ARMS OF ETON DEPICTED ON THE BORDER OF THE TAPESTRY ALONG WITH THOSE OF PROVOST WAYNFLETE, LUPTON, WOTTON AND GODOLPHIN. TAPESTRY TWO: KNEELING WOMAN SYMBOLISING BELGIUM DEPICTED ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE TAPESTRY. IN THE REST OF THE TAPESTRY IS ST GEORGE LEAVING HOME, DEFEATING THE DRAGON AND BAPTISING THE HEATHEN. IN THE BACKGROUND IS A VISION OF PEACE. THE ARMS OF GENERALS PLUMER, RAWLINSON, BYNG AND CAVAN DEPICTED IN THE BORDERS. TAPESTRY THREE: ON THE LEFT SIDE ST GEORGE IS DEPICTED TEARING OFF THE WARRIORS BELT BEFORE THE EMPEROR DIOCLETIAN AND A PRIEST OF JUNO. ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE HE IS DEPICTED BEING BEHEADED. IN THE CENTRE HE IS SHOWN BEING PRESENTED TO GOD BY ST STEPHEN AND ST MICHAEL. ST VICTOR, ST GEREON, ST KATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA, ST BARBARA AND ST DOROTHEA ARE ALSO DEPICTED TAPESTRY FOUR: IN THE CENTRE, ST GEORGE STANDS GIVING BLESSINGS ON THE CLIFFS OF ENGLAND WITH ST ANDREW, ST DAVID AND ST PATRICK STOOD NEARBY. ON THE LEFT HE SAVES THE COEUR DE LION FROM SHIPWREAK, IN WHOSE SHIP ARE THE SAINTS OWN RELICS. IN THE FOREGROUND A WOMAN GATHERS FLOWER OBLIVIOUS TO THE SCENE BUT HER CHILD SEES ALL. ON THE RIGHT OF THE TAPESTRY ST GEORGE STANDS WITH DEMETRIUS AS THEY HELP THE CRUSADERS TO VICTORY AT ANTIOCH. IN THE CORNERS ARE THE ARMS OF JAMES, PROVOAT; MACNAGHTEN, VICE PROVOST; ALINGTON, HEAD MASTER AND RAMSAY, LOWER MASTER.
Inscription
PANELLING: 1914/ MEMENTOTE ETONENSES/ ETONENSIUM/ QUI PRO SALVTE PATRIAE/ ANIMAS POSUERUNT/ ET GRATI ESTOTE TAPESTRY ONE: FROM BOYHOOD AND TENDER YEARS HE EVER SHEWED A LOFTY MIND AND PROMISE OF GREATER DISTINCTION BE SURE TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU GROW UP (TRANSLATION FROM CLAUDIAN) TAPESTRY TWO: INDOMITABLE AND EAGER TO TAKE HIS PART WHEREVER HOPE AND IMAGINATION CALL HIM, AND NEVER TO SHRINK FROM IMBRUING HIS SWORD (TRANSLATION FROM LUCAN) TAPESTRY THREE: MERIT OPENING HEAVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT DESERVED TO DIE (TRANSLATION FROM HORACE) TAPESTRY FOUR: THIS IS THE PEOPLE WHICH ALONE RECEIVED THE CONQUERED TO ITS BOSOM AND AS MOTHER NOT AS MISTRESS GAVE HUMANITY A NAME TO SHARE, AS MEMBERS OF ITS COMMONWEALTH (TRANSLATION FROM CLAUDIAN)
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
Components
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Fabric
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
ETON COLLEGE

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