United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Old Salopians - WW1 and WW2 - Sir Philip Sidney statue

Our Ref: 14013

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Address

Shrewsbury School
SHREWSBURY
SHROPSHIRE
England
 
Type:Sculptured/Cast Figure
Other Location Details:

IN THE APEX OF THE ANGLE IN THE CENTRAL AVENUE WHICH LEADS TO THE FRONT GATES AND THE SCHOOL BUILDINGS

OS Map Ref:SJ 490 120

Inscription

6 O'CLOCK FACE: PHILLIPUS SIDNEY SALOPIENSIS / SCHOLAE MEAE ALUMNOS AGNOSTO/ MCMXIV + MCMXVII
[approx translation: 'the students of my school understand']
3 AND 9 O'CLOCK FACE: (NAMES)

12 O'CLOCK FACE: ZUTPHEN MDLXXXVI/ (NAMES)

ON WALL: MCMXXXIX/ MCMXLV (NAMES)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
PLINTHSTONE - PORTLAND   Good
WallStone   Good
FIGUREBRONZE   Good

Physical Description

BRONZE STATUE OF SIR PHILIP SIDNEY IN ARMOUR SURMOUNTING TALL PEDESTAL. FIGURE REPRESENTED WITH THE LEGS ENCASED IN LEATHER BUSKINS, HOLDING HIS HELMET IN HIS RIGHT HAND AND HIS SWORD HILT IN HIS LEFT. NAMES CARVED IN COLUMNS ON TWO SIDES OF THE PEDESTAL. BRONZE REPRESENTATIONS ON THE OTHER TWO SIDES. WW2 NAMES ON LOW CONCAVE WALL ARCING AROUND BEHIND THE MEMORIAL

FIRST BRONZE REPRESENTATION EPICTS A TRENCH SCENE. THIS IS A DUPLICATE OF WALKERS PANEL AT LIMEHOUSE (NIWM 625) BUT IS MUCH MORE DETAILED AND SHARPLY DEFINED. UNCLEAR WHETHER THIS IS A RESULT OF CASTING DIFFERENCES OR OF WEAR TO THE LIMEHOUSE EXAMPLE.

SECOND PANEL DEPICTS SIR PHILIP SYDNEY'S DEATH AT THE BATTLE OF ZUTPHEN. SCHOOL ARMS ON THE 6 O'CLOCK FACE BELOW THE RELIEF

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:322
Served & Returned0
Died322
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:259
Served & Returned0
Died259
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarVC or GC Winners
Total names on memorial:2
Served & Returned0
Died2
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
WarAnglo-Spanish War (1585-1604)
Total names on memorial:1
Served & Returned0
Died1
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, forename, additional
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:

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Ceremonies

Date:24 May 1923
RolePerformed By
UnveiledLT-GEN SIR HAROLD G WALKER
DedicatedBishop of Chester
Date:1948
RolePerformed By
UnveiledGENERAL SIR BERNARD PAGET

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?BOOK
If so, where is it?

SCHOOL LIBRARY AND IN ENTRANCE TO THE CHAPEL

Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

WW2 FUNDS RAISED AMOUNTED TO AROUND £15,000, BUT LARGELY USED TO PAY TO EDUCATE SONS OF FALLEN OLD SALOPIANS AT THE SCHOOL

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
Mr Arthur G WalkerSculptor
MR BROOK-KITCHENArchitect
MESSRS FOSTER AND DICKSEEBuilder
A B BurtonFounder/Foundry

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

PRESS CUTTING CONTAINS ACCOUNT OF SIR PHILIP SIDNEY AND THE BATTLE OF ZUTPHEN (1586)
WW1 VC winners were H. Ackroyd and T.T. Pryce: the decoration is not shown on the memorial

Comments: 
Photographs:18
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:O
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:3
Press Cuttings:8
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
BRITISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAR MEMORIALSKERNOT, C F1927PP 162-3 
THE SHREWSBURY CHRONICLEN/A 15 Ap. 1921 p.5; 21 July 1922 p.5 
WELLINGTON JOURNAL & SHREWSBURY NEWSN/A 27 Mar. 1920 p.5; 28 May 1921 p.8;25 Mar. 1922 p.12;26 May 1923 p.7;27 July 1946 p.6 
The Times  25 May 1923 p.9 col.f