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Jagger’s original conception consisted of 'a very simple idea, a big powerful howitzer on a base which would be characteristic of an emplacement'. Pearson designed a cruciform base on a several-stepped lower base, and stepped-back upper sections; the four bronze statues are supported on projecting blocks. The four bronze figures depict (north) a recumbent corpse draped in an overcoat; (south) an artillery lieutenant holding an overcoat; (east) a carrier, sporting shell panniers, with outstretched arms; and (west) a driver wearing a cape and heavy protective boots. Around the principal level of the base is a frieze depicting front-line active service. To the north-east is a heavy battery of 60-pounder guns in action; south-east: anti-aircraft gunners; south-west: shell-spotting and signallers; north-west: bringing up a horse-drawn 13-pounder battery into action.
Portland stone & bronze
H 570 x W 1350 x D (?) cm
Grade I (England and Wales)
18th October 1925
at all times
signed on all bronze pieces: C.Sergeant Jagger Sc.
below supoine solider: A ROYAL FELLOWSHIP OF DEATH; above supine soldier: 1914 - 1919; under supine soldier: BENEATH THIS STONE IS BURIED THE ROLL OF HONOR OF / THOSE WHOSE MEMORY PERPETUATED BY THIS MEMORIAL / THEY WILL RETURN NEVER MORE / BUT THEIR GLORY WILL ABIDE FOREVER; three bronze panels inlaid to steps at left side of monument: panel one: UBIQUE / GREAT BRITAIN / FRANCE / BELGIUM / HOLLAND / LUXEMBORG / GERMANY / NORWAY / ICELAND / GREECE / CRETE / DODECANESE / MALTA / GIBRALTAR / CYPRUS / PALESTINE / TRANS JORDAN / SYRIA / IRAQ / PERSIA / ADEN; panel two: UBIQUE / ABYSSINIA / SOMALILAND / ERITREA / SUDAN / MADAGASCA / EGYPT / LIBYA / TUNISIA / ALGERIA / SICILY / ITALY / YUGOSLAVIA / INDIA / CEYLON / BURMA / MALAYA / SINGAPORE / SUNATRA / JAVA / HONG KONG / THE HIGH SEAS; main central panel: THIS PANEL WAS ADDED TO COMMEMORATE THE 29924 OF ALL RANKS OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD DURING THE WAR OF 1939 - 1945 + THEY DIED WITH THEIR FAITH THAT THE FUTURE OF ALL MANKIND WOULD BENEFIT BY THEIR SACRIFICE + / QUO FAS ET GLORIA DUCUNT; small white plaque set into ground beside monument: THE ROYAL ARTILLERY MEMORIAL / WAS CONSERVED IN 2011 / WITH SUPPORT FROM / THE BULLDOG TRUST / ENGLISH HERITAGE Carved into stone on front and rear elevations: IN PROUD REMEMBERANCE OF THE FORTY NINE THOUSAND AND SEVENTY SIX OF ALL RANKS OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GRAT WAR 1914 - 1917