The Response 1914
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|Other Location Details:
In public gardens north of St Thomas the Martyr Church
|OS Map Ref:
||NZ 249 650|
6 O'Clock Face: NON SIBI SED PATRIAE / THE RESPONSE 1914
12 O'Clock Face: QUO FATA VOCANT/ TO COMMEMORATE THE RAISING OF THE B COMPANY / 9TH BATTALION AND THE 16TH, 18TH AND 19TH SERVICE / BATTALIONS, NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILERS, BY THE / NEWCASTLE AND GATESHEAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AUGUST - OCTOBER 1914
||GRANITE - SHAP
Granite wall with abutting plinth at front and rear, on which is mounted a large group of bronze figures on front face and three granite figures on the rear face.
The group at the front is a work entitled 'The Response 1914' and shows soldiers and would-be recruits led by two drummer boys. Intermingled are men and boys carrying tools or rifles in uniform or working clothes.
Some of the figures are saying goodbye to their families who are also accompanying the group and others wave. Above, flags are flying and a winged angel figure flies at the front, above the group, sounding a trumpet.
On the rear side of the wall is the figure of St George flanked by the figure of a Northumberland Fusilier in the uniform of a First World War soldier and a figure of a Northumberland Fusilier in the uniform of 1674, the year in which the Regiment was enrolled.
Wars Commemorated & People Remembered
||First World War (1914-1918)|
|Total names on memorial:
|Served & Returned
|Is this an exact count?
||Yes, an exact count|
|How are the names ordered?
|What information is listed on the memorial?
|Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?
|Are the letters difficult to read?
|Who is responsible for the memorial?
Newcastle City Council
1971 Dec. 17: Listed Grade II*
|| HRH Prince of Wales|
|Did this include a trust or scholarship?
|Did this include a roll of honour?
|Cost of Site:
|Cost of Memorial:
|Comments on Costs:
Sir George and Lady Renwick commissioned the memorial. A meeting of the Council and Trustees of St Mary Magdalene Hospital in February 1923 agreed that a portion of the grounds at St Thomas's church should be given to the city for the memorial.
|SIR WILLIAM GOSCOMBE JOHN
| A B Burton
|MESSRS WILLIAM KIRKPATRICK LTD
Non Sibi Sed Patriae translates as 'Not for self, but for country'.
MEMORIAL WAS THE GIFT OF SIR GEORGE AND LADY RENWICK. IT WAS RAISED TO COMMEMORATE THREE EVENTS.
FIRSTLY, THE RAISING OF THE COMMERCIAL BATTALION OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND FUSILIERS BY THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MILITARY COMMITTEE. SECONDLY, THE RETURN OF THE RENWICKS' FIVE SONS FROM WW1, THIRDLY, SIR GEORGE RENWICKS ATTAINMENT OF 50 YEARS COMMERCIAL LIFE IN NEWCASTLE QUAYSIDE.
THE SITE WAS GIVEN BY THE CORPORATION.
|Form / Letter:
|Drawings / Plans:
|Publication Name||Author||Date Published||Page / Date||Other Information|
|AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS
||6 July 1923 p.10
|The Glorious Dead: Figurative Sculpture of British First World War Memorials
||30 Nov. 2010
||Photo of part of the memorial under snow.|