United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Dartford Town

Our Ref: 132

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Address

Dartford Central Park
Market Street
Dartford
KENT
England
DA1 1EU
 
Type:Serviceman/Woman
Other Location Details:

The memorial is opposite the library, orientated so it faces Dartford Public Library to its east

OS Map Ref:TQ 543 739

Inscription

FACE 1: IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE GALLANT SONS OF THIS TOWN, WHO FELL IN THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM 1914-1919 (NAMES)

FACE 2: TRANQUIL YOU LIE, YOUR KNIGHTLY VIRTUE PROVED YOUR MEMORY HALLOWED IN THE LAND YOU LOVED. TO ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM (NAMES)

FACE 3: ALL YOU HAD HOPED FOR, ALL YOU HAD, YOU GAVE TO SAVE MANKIND - YOURSELVES YOU SCORNED TO SAVE (NAMES)

FACE 4: SPLENDID YOU PASSED, THE GREAT SURRENDER MADE, INTO THE LIGHT THAT NEVER SHALL FADE (NAMES)

1 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR OUR FREEDOM

2 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO OUR DEAD OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1930-1945

3 BRONZE PLAQUE AT BOTTOM OF PLINTH: TO ALL WHO DIED IN THE KOREAN WAR 1950-3 (exact line spacing unknown - inscriptions split betwen 3 plaques)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
FIGUREBRONZE   Unknown
PEDESTALGRANITE   Unknown
PLAQUESBRONZE   Unknown

Physical Description

Stepped granite pedestal on a granite base surmounted by a bronze statue of a British Tommy. The pedestal is in three unequal sections. The bottom section has three inscribed bronze plaques on it. The central section is inscribed on all sides by the names of the fallen with inset figuartive bronze plaques depicting a naval heavy gun and gun crew and a biplane and observers. The third section is inscribed on all sides.

The statue of the British Tommy is depicted in full battle dress, carrying a backpack and with kit slung from his belt. The figure stands at ease resting both hands on the muzzle of his rifle.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Diedc 350
Is this an exact count?No, an estimate
How are the names ordered?surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?Yes
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
WarKorean War (1950-1953)
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?

Dartford Borough Council

Maintenance History:

2006: Memorial is Grade II listed

Ceremonies

Date:07TH MAY 1922
RolePerformed By
UnveilingAIR VICE MARSHAL SIR G SALMOND

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:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
Mr Arthur G WalkerSculptor
A B BurtonFounder/Foundry

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

The sculptor Arthur Walker was selected after the Dartford War Memorial Committee saw his memorial in Sevenoaks which uses the same British Tommy statue.

The sculptor sketched his design for the Tommy from life; the model was a soldier, recently returned from Flanders with whom the artist corresponded on his return to the trenches. According to Walker the man survived to see photographs of the finished statue.

Comments:"DARTFORD AND THE GREAT WAR" BY GETHYN REES
Photographs:8
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:1
Press Cuttings:1
Postcards:1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
The Borough Bulletin  July 1933 
Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service  1922Form of service for unveiling and dedication
OrganisationIdWebsite
Carter Postcard Collection