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BEDFORD PEACE MEMORIAL

The Memorial stands on the Embankment beside the River Ouse. It takes the form of an allegorical figure of Justice armed in Crusader's armour, with a soldier's cloak and hands crossed on a two-handed sword. Beneath the figure is a chained dragon representing evil conquered. The base area has 8 bollards each with an animal head (lion) holding the chains. The memorial is made from Portland stone. The memorial cost £1,708 12s 6p. The sculptor was Charles Sargeant Jagger, the architect Mr George P Allen (FRIBA) and the builder was Mr G F Loughton. The memorial covers the First World War, Second World War and Korean War. There are no men named on it. It was first unveiled 20 July 1922 by Lord Ampthill.

1914 + 1919
TO BEDFORDIANS
WHO DIED MANY
IN EARLY YOUTH
SOME FULL OF YEARS
AND HONOUR BUT
WHO ALL ALIKE
GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY

1939 + 1945
TO COMMEMORATE THE
STRUGGLE AND SACRIFICE
OF
BEDFORDIANS

1950 + 1953
TO COMMEMORATE THE
KOREAN WAR


Photographs Courtesy & Copyright © NIWM 2001

All other photographs Copyright © Martin Edwards 2001

Extract from The Bedfordshire Times and Independent, Friday, 28 July 1922.

Last updated 16 July, 2016

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