United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

MACHINE GUN CORPS - Figure of David

Our Ref: 2129

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Address

HYDE PARK CORNER
HYDE PARK CORNER
HYDE PARK
GREATER LONDON
England
 
Type: Allegory (eg: Victory)
OS Map Ref: TQ 270 800

Inscription

FRONT: ERECTED TO /COMMEMORATE/ THE GLORIOUS/ HEROES/ OF THE MACHINE GUN/ CORPS/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR.

SIDE: THE MACHINE GUN CORPS./ OF WHICH HIS MAJESTY KING/ GEORGE V WAS COLONEL-IN-/ CHIEF WAS FORMED BY THE WARRANT DATED THE 14TH DAY/ OF OCTOBER 1915./ THE CORPS SERVED IN/ FRANCE, FLANDERS, RUSSIA, ITALY,/ EGYPT, PALESTINE, MESOPOTAMIA,/ SALONICA. INDIA. AFGANISTAN/ AND EAST AFRICA./ THE LAST UNIT OF THE CORPS/ TO BE DISBANDED WAS THE/ DEPOT AT SHORNCLIFFE ON THE/ 15TH DAY OF JULY 1922. THE/ TOTAL NUMBER WHO SERVED IN/ THE CORPS WAS SOME 11,500/ OFFICERS AND 159,000 OTHER/ RANKS OF WHOM 1,120 OFFICERS/ AND 1,671 OTHER RANKS WERE/ KILLED AND 2881 OFFICERS AND /45377 OTHER RANKS WERE WOUNDED, MISSING OR PRISONERS/ OF WAR.

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
SCULPTURE BRONZE       Good

Physical Description

NUDE 'DAVID'

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Not known
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?

1999: English Heritage.

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Date: 10TH MAY 1925
RolePerformed By
Unveiling FM HRH Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught
Dedication Chaplain General to the Forces

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
W MORRIS ART BRONZE FOUNDRY Founder/Foundry
FRANCIS DERWENT WOOD Artist

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Comments: NEWS: "THE TIMES" 11 MAY 1925 P.1B AND P.18
Photographs: 6
Other Documents: None
Form / Letter: O
Negatives: No
Drawings / Plans: No
Minutes: No
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS BOORMAN, DEREK 1988 34,35  
LONDON STATUES: A GUIDE TO LONDONS OUTDOOR STATUES AND SCULPTURE BYRON, A 1981 361,362