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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast figure
District
Lichfield
Town
Alrewas
County
Staffordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Boer War; Second (1899-1902), First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Waterloo Campaign (1815), Korean War (1950-1953), Regimental Memorials, Crimean War (1853-1856)
Maker
Mr Alan Herriot DA ARBS (Sculptor)
D Lindsay (Stone Carver)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 22/07/2012
    Attended by: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra The Honourable Lady Ogilvy KG GCVO, The Venerable Stephen Robbins CB
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
72972
Current location

Memorial is no. 332 in Green Zone on The Mall.
National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road
Alrewas
Lichfield
Staffordshire
DE13 7AR
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 1856314270
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Statue of bugler soldier, in combat uniform with rifle on shoulder, fixed to a stone plinth set in the middle of a three-stepped square base of the same stone. There are engraved commemorations on two faces of the plinth, with the regimental insignia inset into the front face, and two plaques with battle honours on the other faces. An information plaque with narrative arranged in two columns below a tableau of photographs, and with regimental insignia, is fixed on a stake into the ground alongside.
Inscription
6 o'clock: 1758 (Insignia) 1968/ THE/ DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY/ DEDICATED TO ALL/ WHO SERVED IN THE REGIMENT/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM/ FAITHFUL 12 o'clock: "THERE MAY BE SOME REGIMENTS AS GOOD BUT I KNOW OF NONE BETTER"/ MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN 9 o'clock: AISNE 1914, '18/ YPRES 1915, '17, '18/ HOOGE 1915/ LOOS/ SOMME 1916, '18/ ARRAS 1917, '18/ MESSINES 1917/ LYS/ HINDENBURG LINE/ SAMBRE/ DUNKIRK 1940/ TILLY SUR SEULLES/ DEFENCE OF RAURAY/ GHEEL/ TOBRUK 1941/ EL ALAMEIN/ MARETH/ PRIMOSOLE BRIDGE/ SALERNO/ KOHIMA 3 o'clock: SALAMANCA/ VITTORIA/ PYRENEES/ NIVELLE/ ORTHE/ PENINSULA/ ALMA/ INKERMAN/ SEVASTOPOL/ RESHIRE/ BUSHIRE/ KOOSH-AB/ PERSIA/ NEW ZEALAND/ RELIEF OF LADYSMITH/ SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902/ AFGHANISTAN 1919/ KOREA 1952-53 Plaque: THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY/ (Left-hand column): THE REGIMENT/ THE REGIMENT'S LONG CONNECTION WITH COUNTY DURHAM GOES BACK/ TO 1758 WHEN THE 68TH REGIMENT OF FOOT CAME INTO BEING WITH JOHN/ LAMBTON (WHOSE FAMILY CAME FROM THE COUNTY) AS ITS FIRST COLONEL./ IN 1808 IT BECAME THE THIRD REGIMENT TO BE CONVERTED INTO LIGHT/ INFANTRY, TASKED WITH SKIRMISHING AHEAD OF THE LINE, RESPONDING TO/ COMMANDS GIVEN BY THE BUGLE AND NOT THE DRUM. HENCE THE CAP BADGE/ IN 1881, THE LINK WITH THE COUNTY WAS FORMALLY RECOGNISED WITH THE/ 68TH BECOMING THE FIRST BATTALION AND THE 106TH (FORMERLY THE 2ND/ BOMBAY EUROPEAN LIGHT INFANTRY) THE 2ND BATTALION OF THE DURHAM/ LIGHT INFANTRY./ THIS LOCAL LINK WAS REINFORCED BY TWO MILITIA (POST 1908 SPECIAL/ RESERVE) AND FIVE VOLUNTEER (POST 1908 TERRITORIAL) BATTALIONS./ IT WAS WORLD WAR ONE HOWEVER, IN WHICH 37 BATTALIONS SERVED AND/ ABOUT 13,000 MEMBERS OF THE REGIMENT WERE KILLED, THAT TURNED THIS/ LINK INTO THE EXCEPTIONAL BOND BETWEEN COUNTY AND REGIMENT THAT/ SO CHARACTERISED IT DURING THE REMAINDER OF ITS EXISTENCE./ DURING WORLD WAR TWO THE REGIMENT FOUGHT IN EVERY THEATRE OF/ THE WAR, MOST NOTABLY IN BURMA, AND FROM EL ALAMEIN TO THE RHINE,/ UNDER FIELD MARSHAL VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY./ DURING THE 210 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE THE REGIMENT WON 38 BATTLE/ HONOURS AND 11 OF ITS MEMBERS EARNED THE VICTORIA CROSS./ IN 1968 THE REGIMENT JOINED THE OTHER LIGHT INFANTRY REGIMENTS TO/ FORM THE LIGHT INFANTRY WHICH IN 2007 WAS INCORPORATED INTO A/ NEWLY FORMED REGIMENT, THE RIFLES. (Right-hand column): THE STATUE/ THE BUGLER, IN COMBAT CLOTHING WORN IN THE KOREAN WAR, REFLECTS/ THE CENTRAL ROLE THE REGIMENTAL BUGLERS PLAYED IN THE REGIMENT'S/ HISTORY; THAT 'KOREA' WAS THE FINAL BATTLE HONOUR AWARDED TO THE/ REGIMENT; AND THAT THE BUGLERS OF THE 1ST BATTALION THE DURHAM/ LIGHT INFANTRY SOUNDED THE CEASE FIRE FOR THE KOREAN WAR ON 27TH/ JULY 1953 FROM A HILL TOP IN THE FRONT LINE. THE BUGLER IS CARRYING A/ RIFLE TO SHOW HE IS STILL, FIRST AND FOREMOST, A RIFLEMAN./ THIS IS ONE OF A PAIR OF MEMORIALS TO THE REGIMENT, THE OTHER BEING/ IN FURHAM CITY MARKET PLACE. THE SCULPTOR WAS MR A B HERRIOT DA/ ARBS. HIS MODEL WAS THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF DURHAM'S CADET,/ SERGEANT-MAJOR B MULVEY. THE PLINTH WAS EXECUTED BY MR. D LINDSAY./ THE MEMORIAL HERE WAS DEDICATED ON SUNDAY 22 JULY 2012 BY THE/ VENERABLE STEPHEN ROBBINS CB IN THE PRSENCE OF HER ROYAL HIGHNESS/ PRINCESS ALEXANDRA THE HONOURABLE LADY OGILVY KG GCVO, THE/FORMER COLONEL IN CHIEF OF THE DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY./ (Further detail on pictures on the plaque follows)
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
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Waterloo Campaign (1815)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Regimental Memorials
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Crimean War (1853-1856)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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