Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial
Swanley War Memorial

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An allegorical bronze statue of the Spirit of Sacrifice – a draped, winged, female figure standing on a globe. She holds a laurel wreath in her right hand and a downward pointing sword, grasped by the blade, in her out-stretched left hand. The statue is mounted on top of a tall Portland stone obelisk which rises from a square plinth with a two step square base. On the north and south faces of the obelisk are two identical large, wreath-topped, plaques listing the 104 names of the fallen in two columns. It records the name of Staff-Paymaster Joseph Gedge, of Swanley, killed in action on August 6th 1914, when HMS Amphion was sunk in the Thames Estuary. Gedge was the first British officer killed in action in World War I. The War Memorial was first unveiled at Swanley Cross (350m south-east of its present location).

Title

Swanley War Memorial

Date

1922

Medium

bronze & Portland stone

Accession number

BR8_RL_S018

Acquisition method

purchased by public subscription

Work type

War memorial

Owner

Swanley Town Council

Custodian

Swanley Town Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

March 1922

Listing date

05/11/07

Access

at all times

Inscription description

inscribed on the east face of the obelisk: TO THE / GLORY OF GOD / AND IN GRATEFUL / MEMORY OF THE / MEN OF / SWANLEY / WHO/ LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES / IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914-1918; below bronze wreath on bronze tablet: AMONG THE NAMES RECORDED HERE IS THAT / OF STAFF PAYMASTER JOSEPH T. GEDGE. THE FIRST / BRITISH OFFICER TO FALL IN THE GREAT WAR. / KILLED ON H.M.S. AMPHION AUGUST . 6 . 1914; bronze plaque on plinth: IN THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF SWANLEY PARISH / WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE / WORLD WAR II 1939-1945 (28 names of the fallen); on the north and south faces of the obelisk, on two identical large, wreath-topped, plaques: (104 names of the fallen in two columns)

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Located at

St Mary's Road / London Road, Swanley

BR8 7AQ

Beside St. Mary's Church, on the corner of St. Mary's Road and London Road.