The Renwick Memorial, (The Response) at Barras Bridge, Newcastle, is considered to be one of the finest of its kind in the country. Unveiled by the Prince of Wales as part of a visit that he made to the city in July 1923. The memorial was commissioned by Sir George and Lady Renwick and given to the city in 1923 to commemorate three events: the raising of the Commercial Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers; the return of the five Renwick sons from the war; and Sir George Renwick’s attainment of 50 years of commercial life on Newcastle Quayside.
Described by Alan Borg, a former Director General of the Imperial War Museum as “one of the finest sculptural ensembles on any British monument.” Goscombe John (see also Port Sunlight War Memorial) designed ‘The Response 1914′ as a narrative sculpture depicting soldiers marching off to war watched by ‘Renown’ while women and children bid them farewell.
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The National Arboretum Croxall Road, in the village of Alrewas, Staffordshire UK
Conceived as a place of national remembrance not only for the fallen, but also for those who have served the nation. There are over 250 memorials the centrepiece of which is The Armed Forces Memorial. There is also a memorial to those who were ‘Shot at Dawn’ over three hundred men who were shot as cowards, but many we would now recognise as suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The first being Private Herbert Burden, of the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, was shot at Ypres in 1915 aged 17.
Although not a memorial the words inscribed commemorate Armistice Day which is held at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the time when hostilities ceased on the Western Front.
For some families this may be the only memorial they have. So many of the fallen were never found or identified, their graves marked with the inscription “known unto God” the memorable words of Rudyard Kipling.
Part of The Armed Forces Memorial showing civilian casualties
A child seeks protection
© Marguerite Rami
The Port Sunlight War Memorial
Port Sunlight Village on the Wirral, Merseyside UK
Unveiled on 3 December 1921 by Sgt E.G. Eames of Port Sunlight, who had been blinded at the first Battle of the Somme in 1916, and by Pte R E Cruickshank of Levers’ London branch, who had been awarded the Victoria Cross in 1918 for conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in Palestine.
Sculptor Sir William Goscombe John 1860-1952
Sculpture depicts the ‘Defence of Home’ with relief panels of wounded
soldiers being cared for, sailors and anti-aircraft gunners (with bi-planes in the background)
WW1 was the first war in which aircraft were used on a large scale.
Tethered observation balloons had already been used in earlier conflicts for artillery location.
Germany deployed Zeppelins for reconnaissance over the North Sea and bombing raids
over England. Military planners soon realised that pilots could locate enemy lines, although relaying information back to those on the ground proved problematic, it was the beginning of aerial warfare.
Thorton-Clevleys War Memorial on Woodlands Avenue in the town of Thorton-Clevleys, Lancashire, UK
Sculptor Albert Toft (1862-1949)
Toft’s work is described as Idealist but he said of himself that “to become an idealist you must necessarily first be a realist”.
The Contemplative Infantryman
The inverted rifle with bayonet signals a time for prayer, a break in the action to pay tribute the fallen
Almost hidden from view the back of the memorial shows the reality of war. Gas mask and helmet always close by
The same statue appears on several other war memorials — at Stone in Staffordshire, Leamington in Warwickshire
© Marguerite Rami
Blackpool War Memorial
Located on Princes Parade alongside North Pier in the town of Blackpool, Lancashire, UK
Unveiled on 10th November 1923
Sculptor Gilbert Ledward 1888-1960
Born in Chelsea London, his father Richard Arthur Ledward was a sculptor and modeller, his mother came from Staffordshire master potters and figure makers.
There are two main relief panels entitled 1914 and 1918. The 1914 panel has suffered from extensive corrosion.
War on an industrial scale
Mother and child holding onto to father who is called to War
Complete 1918 Panel
The depiction (detail taken from the 1918 panel above) of a German soldier ensnared by barbed wire being trampled underfoot, is understandable within the memorials historical context, but perhaps uncomfortably triumphant from today’s perspective.
© Marguerite Rami
Bolton War Memorial ‘Peace Restraining War’ and ‘Peace Seeing the Horrors of War’ in Victoria Sq. Lancashire, UK
There are no names engraved on the memorial.
Sculptor Walter Marsden ( Military Cross )1882 – 1969 (see St Anne’s War Memorial) unveiled on July 4th 1928 by the Earl of Derby. The two bronze figures by Walter Marsden were added in 1933. It was said that Marsden took so long to complete the memorial because he was waiting for inspiration
Peace Restraining War
War imploring Peace to let him fight
The Death of War
Peace Looks at the Horror of War
The cross is overlaid with the sword of a crusader
© Marguerite Rami