United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Guards Division

Our Ref: 11359

Address

St James Park
Horse Guards Rd
St James
GREATER LONDON
England
SW1Y 6EQ
 
Type:Serviceman/Woman
Other Location Details:

Facing Horse Guards Parade.

OS Map Ref:TQ 299 801

Inscription

TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE/ OFFICERS WARRANT OFFICERS/ NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS &/ GUARDSMEN OF HIS MAJESTY'S/ REGIMENTS OF FOOT GUARDS/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR/ KING AND COUNTRY DURING THE/ GREAT WAR OF 1914 - 1918 AND OF THE/ OFFICERS WARRANT OFFICERS/ NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND/ MEN OF THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY/ ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY/ CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS/ ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS ROYAL/ ARMY MEDICAL CORPS AND OTHER/ UNITS WHO WHILE SERVING WITH/ THE GUARDS DIVISION IN FRANCE &/ BELGIUM 1915 - 1918 FELL WITH THEM IN/ THE FIGHT FOR THE WORLD'S FREEDOM

(Below figures): THIS MEMORIAL ALSO COMMEMORATES ALL THOSE MEMBERS/ OF THE HOUSEHOLD DIVISION WHO DIED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ AND IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY SINCE 1918
REVERSE: (List of battle honours)
SIDES: (List of individual units)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
CenotaphSTONE - PORTLAND38FT 6"  Good
RELIEFBRONZE   Good
FIGURESBRONZE   Good

Physical Description

FIVE LIFE SIZED BRONZE SOLDIERS REPRESENTING EACH OF THE GUARDS REGIMENTS, STANDING EASY AGAINST STONE CENOTAPH ON PODIUM AND THREE STEPPED PLINTH.

BRONZE RELIEF PANELS ARE MOUNTED ON SIDES OF THE CENOTAPH AND DEPICT REPRESENTATIVE EQUIPMENT. STONE RELIEF AT THE BACK DEPICTS ARTILLERY IN ACTION.

SMALL INCISED CROSS AT CENTRE TOP. BADGES OF THE GUARDS REGIMENTS BELOW THE FIGURES.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
War20th Century Wars
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

1970 January 14. Listed Grade II.
'Honourable scars' caused by WW2 air raids are visible.

Ceremonies

Date:16 October 1926
RolePerformed By
UnveiledFM HRH Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught
UnveiledGen Sir George Higginson
Dedicated Former Service Personnel

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:c£22,000
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
W MORRIS ART BRONZE FOUNDRYFounder/Foundry
GILBERT LEDWARDSculptor
MR HAROLD CHALTON BRADSHAWArchitect
BIRMINGHAM GUILDManufacturer
Ernest GillickLetter Cutter/Engraver

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

THE FIGURES ARE CAST FROM CAPTURED German CANNON.

THE INSCRIPTION IS BY KIPLING.

Comments: 
Photographs:10
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALSBOORMAN, DEREK1988pp.34-36 
WAR MEMORIALS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENTBORG, ALAN1991pp. 80,90, plates 77a and 77b 
A CENTURY OF STATUES. THE HISTORY OF THE MORRIS SINGER FOUNDRYJAMES, DUNCAN1984pp. 35,47 plate 68. 
Listing Description  ID 210225 
The Times  18 Oct. 1926 p.14Report of unveiling. Dedication was performed by the senior chaplain of the Division when it was first formed in France, the Rev. H J Fleming, and the Benediction was given by the Chaplain-General to the Forces.
LONDON STATUES: A GUIDE TO LONDONS OUTDOOR STATUES AND SCULPTUREBYRON, A1981pp.357-8.Gen Higginson was a centenarian Grenadier. Bomb damage to three of the figures has been repaired.
LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARYGLEICHEN1928pp.45-6. 
Public Sculpture of Britain  Vol.14: 'Historic Westminster vol.1' by Philip Ward-Jackson (2011) pp.74-77Detailed description and history.
The Sculpture of Gilbert LedwardCatherine Moriarty2003pp.47-9, 52-5, 57, 106 
Apollo  Vol. cxxvii No.15 (Jan 1988) pp.22-26'Gilbert Ledward and the Guards' Division Memorial' by Peyton Skipwith.
OrganisationIdWebsite
Carter Postcard Collection 
Roll of Honour http://www.roll-of-honour.com/London/GuardsmemorialHorseGuardParade.html