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Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice
Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice

Photo credit: Colleen Rowe Harvey / Art UK

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The 'Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice' commemorates civilian lives lost in acts of heroism. While the memorial includes members of the police and fire brigade, it was essentially a memorial to everyday heroism, a concept that was increasingly championed at the time, as incidents of public bravery were more widely reported, and in contrast to the more usual Victorian concept of heroism represented though imperial and military action. The panels for the most part commemorate Victorian and early twentieth century acts of heroism, with the majority erected between 1899 and 1908, a single addition made in 1919, and a further four in 1930, with one recent addition in 2007. Sixty-two people are commemorated on 54 panels; 45 are men, nine are women and eight are children, ranging in age from eight-year-old Henry Bristow to 61–year-old Daniel Pemberton.


Date

1887–1899

Medium

ceramic, brick & wood

Accession number

EC1A_CRH_S135

Acquisition method

commissioned by G F Watts

Work type

Mural

Owner

The City of London Corporation

Custodian

The City of London Corporation

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II* (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

30th July 1900

Listing date

05/06/72

Access

at all times

Inscription description

flanking the memorial is a modern display board with inset ceramic panels flanked by motifs in the manner of De Morgan, inscribed: G. F. WATTS’S MEMORIAL / TO HEROIC SELF SACRIFICE Unveiled in 1900, the memorial to heroic self-sacrifice was / conceived and undertaken by the Victorian artist / George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817-1904). It contains plaques to those who have heroically lost / their lives trying to save another. / Watts believed that these ‘everyday' heroes provided / models of exemplary behaviour and character. ‘The material prosperity of a nation is not an abiding / possession: the deeds of its people are’ G.F.Watts / ’Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his / life for his friends’ John 15:13


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Located at

Postman's Park,

EC1A 7BT

Located in the former burial ground of Christ Church, Greyfriars and St Botolph, Aldersgate.