United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Coldstream Guards - Boer War

Our Ref: 11674

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Address

St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Churchyard
City
GREATER LONDON
England
EC4
 
Type:Board/Plaque/Tablet
Denomination:Church of England
Other Location Details:

South nave vestibule, W27

OS Map Ref:TQ 320 811

Inscription

(1) on a riband across the bottom of the relief below main figures: TO THE MEMORY OF (NAMES); AND 207 NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS WHO DIED FOR THE EMPIRE IN SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902. ERECTED BY THEIR COMRADES. (line breaks not known).
2) small plaque fixed to stone frame : TO THE MEMORY OF THE OFFI-/ CERS AND MEN OF THE COLD-/ STREAM GUARDS WHO DIED IN/ THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899 1902

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
PLAQUEBRONZE1525mm915mm Good
FRAMEStone   Good

Physical Description

Gilt bronze relief plaque framed in stone. Principal group is composed of two men of the Coldstream Guards: one, mortally wounded, from the 1st Battalion, lying dying in the arms of his comrade from the 2nd Battalion.

Above, as in a vision, is a group of Coldstreamers of former times watching, with pride and satisfaction, the courage and devotion of their successors in the Regiment. At the back of this group rides General Monck, the first Colonel of the coldstream Guards. The other figures suggest campaigns in which the Regiment has served, including those of Marlborough, the Peninsula, Waterloo and the Crimea.

In the background of the relief is indicated the South African veldt, with distant kopjes, from behind which the setting sun floods the landscape and the figures with splendour.
Below the panel, upon a riband, is a Garter star (the regimental badge), the motto 'Nulli Secundus', and the inscription

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarBoer War, Second (1899-1902)
Total names on memorial:13
Served & Returned0
Died13
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?rank
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, rank
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?Yes

Maintenance

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

Accepted on behalf of Dean and Chapter 22 July 1904

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Date:22 July1904
RolePerformed By
UnveiledGeneral Sir Frederick Stephenson
DedicatedGeneral Sir Frederick Stephenson

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Private
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:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
SIR WILLIAM GOSCOMBE JOHNSculptor

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

The (1) inscrip. containing names of officers and SNCOs, as described in The Times 23-7-1904 and "For Remembrance ...", is not a separate plaque, like inscrip (2), so its position at the bottom of the relief panel & the memorial's location in a rather dark corner of the Cathedral make it difficult to see.

Comments: 
Photographs:0
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:O
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:1
Press Cuttings:2
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
ST PAUL'S CATHEDRALBURMAN, PETER1987P 165 
DICTIONARY OF BRITISH SCULPTORS 1660 - 1851GUNNIS, RUPERT1968P 277 
The Times  22 July 1904 p.8 col.d; 23 july 1904 p.13 col.e 
For Remembrance and in Honour of Those Who Lost Their Lives in the South African War 1899-1902Gildea, James1911p.129 
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St Paul's Cathedral InventoryInv no.2518