United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Wigan and District South African War

Our Ref: 18517

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Address

Mesnes Park
Wigan
GREATER MANCHESTER
England
 
Type:Serviceman/Woman
OS Map Ref:SD 580 050

Inscription

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
PLINTHGRANITE   Good
FIGUREStone   Lost

Physical Description

Inscribed plinth, originally surmounted by a highly detailed stone figure of an officer in Boer War campaign uniform and slouch hat holding a bronze banner and pistol.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarBoer War, Second (1899-1902)
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?

Wigan District Council

Maintenance History:

2010: Memorial must remain in its original position. There are now fundraising efforts to provide a replica statue to be placed on the plinth.

2009: A planning application has been submitted for the restoration of Mesnes Park and part of the proposed work includes the moving of the plinth to the Parson's Walk entrance. Local groups and residents are opposing this move.

2008: There are plans to either find the original figure or replace it if it can't be found. It is believed that the statue was disposed of at the bottom of the compost heap in Mesnes Park. Volunteers are currently excavating the heap to see if there is any trace of it.

1968: The sword was repeatedly stolen and the statue started to show signs of decay due vandalism leading to the loss of the flag and revolver as well as effects of weathering. As a result, it was removed by the council in 1968 and dumped in the park's compost heap.

Ceremonies

Date:04 February 1903
RolePerformed By
UnveilingSir Francis Sharp Powell

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Public
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
SIR WILLIAM GOSCOMBE JOHNArtist

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Comments: 
Photographs:1
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Press Cuttings:1
Postcards:4
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
Past ForwardWigan Heritage Service 13/ number 26Article by J. A. Hilton: The strange case of the vanishing statue
The Empty Plinth: Wigan's Missing Boer War MemorialHilton, J. A.20032003 
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