United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

The Response 1914

Our Ref: 17823

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Address

Barras Bridge
Newcastle Upon Tyne
TYNE AND WEAR
England
NE1 7RH
 
Type:Sculptured/Cast Group
Other Location Details:

In public gardens north of St Thomas the Martyr Church

OS Map Ref:NZ 249 650

Inscription

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

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
FIGURESGRANITE   Good
FIGURESBRONZEC 12FT23FT Good
MEMORIALGRANITE - SHAP   Good

Physical Description

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

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
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?

Newcastle City Council

Maintenance History:

1971 Dec. 17: Listed Grade II*

Ceremonies

Date:5 July 1923
RolePerformed By
Unveiled HRH Prince of Wales

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Other
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Donated
Cost of Memorial:Donated
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.

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
SIR WILLIAM GOSCOMBE JOHNArtist
A B BurtonFounder/Foundry
MESSRS WILLIAM KIRKPATRICK LTDMason

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

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.

Comments: 
Photographs:16
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:4
Press Cuttings:2
Postcards:1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALSBOORMAN, DEREK198845-47,135 
The Times  6 July 1923 p.10 
The Glorious Dead: Figurative Sculpture of British First World War MemorialsGeoff Archer2009p55-62 
Metro  30 Nov. 2010Photo of part of the memorial under snow.
Listing Description   ID 304387
OrganisationIdWebsite
Carter Postcard Collection 
Other website http://www.victorianweb.org/sculpture/john/31.html
Public Monuments and Sculpture Association http://www.pmsa.org.uk/pmsa-database/9476/