Wigan and District South African War
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|OS Map Ref:||SD 580 050|
|PLINTH||GRANITE|| || || ||Good|
|FIGURE||Stone|| || || ||Lost|
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
|War||Boer War, Second (1899-1902)|
|Total names on memorial:||0|
|Served & Returned||0|
|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|
|Are the letters difficult to read?||No|
|Who is responsible for the memorial?|
Wigan District Council
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.
|Unveiled||Sir Francis Sharp Powell|
|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:|
|SIR WILLIAM GOSCOMBE JOHN||Artist|
|Form / Letter:||F|
|Drawings / Plans:||No|
|Publication Name||Author||Date Published||Page / Date||Other Information|
|Past Forward||Wigan Heritage Service|| ||13/ number 26||Article by J. A. Hilton: The strange case of the vanishing statue|
|The Empty Plinth: Wigan's Missing Boer War Memorial||Hilton, J. A.||2003||2003|| |
|Carter Postcard Collection|| |