United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

Royal Artillery

Our Ref: 128

Address

Hyde Park
Hyde Park Corner
Hyde Park
GREATER LONDON
England
SW1
 
Type: Composite
OS Map Ref: TQ 270 800

Inscription

IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF THE/ FORTY NINE THOUSAND AND SEVENTY SIX/ OF ALL RANKS OF THE/ ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING/ AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919

(LIST OF THEATRES OF WAR AROUND BASE)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
FIGURES BRONZE       Good
MEMORIAL STONE - PORTLAND       Good
PEDESTAL STONE - PORTLAND       Good

Physical Description

LARGE SQUARE PEDESTAL WITH SURMOUNTING CARVED 9.2" HOWITZER. FIGURES OF ARTILLERY MEN ON EACH SIDE: JUNIOR OFFICER WITH GREATCOAT AND EQUIPMENT (FRONT); AMMUNITION CARRIER (EAST FACE); CLOAKED DRIVER (WEST FACE). AT THE BACK IS A FIGURE OF A DEAD GUNNER SHROUDED IN A CLOAK.

AROUND THE SIDES OF THE PEDESTAL ARE RELIEF PANELS DEPICTING GUNNERS IN ACTION.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
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?

1999: English Heritage.

Maintenance History:

LISTED GRADE II* BY ENGLISH HERITAGE (REF NO. 406670).

2011, Nov: repaired and cleaned after damage from pollution, algae and rain water.

Ceremonies

Date: 18th October 1925
RolePerformed By
Unveiled FM HRH Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught
Dedicated Chaplain General to the Forces

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Other
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:

FUNDED BY THE ROYAL ARTILLERY WAR COMMEMORATION FUND

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
LIONEL PEARSON Architect
CHARLES SARGEANT JAGGER Sculptor

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Press cuttings are held on file demonstrating mixed reactions to the monument on its unveiling.

Gun modelled on the Howitzer held in the Imperial War Museum.

One of the models for the soldiers was Domenico Mancini, the most famous of the artist's models.

Comments:  
Photographs: 25
Other Documents: Press Association 7 Nov. 2011 'Royal Artillery Memorial repaired'.
Form / Letter: F
Negatives: Yes
Drawings / Plans: No
Minutes: No
Press Cuttings: 10
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY GLEICHEN 1928 57  
WAR MEMORIALS FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT BORG, ALAN 1991 81  
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS BOORMAN, DEREK 1988 33-34, 162  
WAR MEMORIALS WHITTICK, A 1946 42,46,63  
MEMORIALS OF THE GREAT WAR IN BRITAIN: THE SYMBOLISM AND POLITICS OF REMEMBRANCE KING, ALEX 1998 118-120  
The Italian Factor: The Italian Community in Great Britain COLPI, Terri 1991    
The Independent     7 November 2011  
The Sun     2 / 7th November 2011 Restoration
Metro     7 Nov. 2011 2 photos of restoration.
Private Eye     No.1366 (16-29 May 2014). Comments by 'Piloti' (architectural correspondent) on dangers to stone friezes from repeated cleaning, traffic fumes and adjacent plane trees. English Heritage wants the trees removed, but Westminster City Council objects.
OrganisationIdWebsite
Departments Q42445 - Q42456
BBC News Online   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15617376
Carter Postcard Collection