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LONDON TROOPS WAR MEMORIAL

Compiled and Copyright © Dai Bevan 2008

The memorial is sited in front of the Royal Exchange on Cornhill. This description is taken from the City of London web site:

This statue has a memorial column with buttress plinths constructed from Portland stone blocks with elaborate architectural moulded decoration. The main column has a bronze cresting of a lion rampant holding a shield with the Regimental crest. On the front of the column, below the upper moulding, is a carved coat of arms. Within the central panel on the front of the column is a dedication to the men that fell in the 1914 -1919 and 1939 - 1945 wars. On the rear of the column with the central panel is a list of the London Regiments involved in both conflicts. The inscriptions on the front are in applied, raised, lead lettering; the inscriptions on the rear are on lead and are set into the stone.

On the buttress plinths to either side of the main column are two standing, life-size infantry figures in bronze. The base of each bronze figure is surrounded by a shallow lead gutter, draining into the main body of the column.

Around the base of the column are a number of bronze wreath hooks embossed with crossed rifles. Also at this level is a bronze plaque with moulded edge, acknowledging the money raised by public subscription for the memorial.

There are no individuals named, but the rear of the memorial lists all the London units.

Photographs Copyright © Dai Bevan 2008

 

TO THE IMMORTAL HONOUR OF THE OFFICERS NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN OF LONDON WHO SERVED THEIR KING AND EMPIRE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919.
THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED IN PROUD & GRATEFUL RECOGNITION BY THE CITY AND COUNTY OF LONDON

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

UNVEILED ON Nov. 12th 1920 BY H.R.H. THE DUKE OF YORK ON BEHALF OF FIELD MARSHALL H.R.H. THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT K.G., K.T., K.P.

AND ALBEIT MANY UNITS NAMED HEREON HAVE CHANGED IN DESIGNATION AND ROLE WE HONOUR AND REMEMBER THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN ALL THE UNITS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF LONDON IN THE WAR OF 1939 – 1945

A small metal plaque at the foot of the memorial reads:

Raised by public subscription at the mansion house in the Peace Year 1919 during the mayoralty of Col. The Rt. Hon. Sir Horace Brooks Marshal K.C.M.O.. LL.D.

The units listed on the Rear of the memorial are:

Royal Fusiliers (City of London Reg’nt.)
The Honourable Artillery Company
 
YEOMANRY.
1st County of London (Middlesex Hus’rs.)
City of London (Roughriders)
2nd County of London (Westminster Dragoons)
3rd County of London (Sharpshooters)
 
ARTILLERY  
1st London (City of London) Brig’de. R.F.A.  
2nd London (County of London) B’de. R.F.A.  
3rd London (County of London) B’de. R.F.A.  
4th London (County of London) B’de. R.F.A.  
5th London (County of London) B’de. R.F.A.  
6thLondon (County of London) B’de. R.F.A.  
7th London (County of London) B’de. R.F.A.  
8th London (County of London) B’de. R.F.A.  
1st and 2nd London Heavy Batteries R.G.A.  
   
ENGINEERS  
1st London Divisional Royal Engineers  
2nd London Divisional Royal Engineers  
London Electrical Engineers  
London Army Troops Royal Engineers  
   
THE LONDON REGIMENT  
CITY OF LONDON BATTALIONS  
1st Battallion (Royal Fusiliers)
2nd Battallion (Royal Fusiliers)
3rd Battallion (Royal Fusiliers)
4th Battallion (Royal Fusiliers)
5th Battallion (London Rifle Brigade)
6th Battallion (Rifles)
7th Battallion  
8th Battallion (Post Office Rifles)
   
COUNTY OF LONDON BATTALIONS  
9th Battallion (Queen Victoria’s Rifles
10th Battallion (Hackney)
11th Battallion (Finsbury Rifles
12th Battallion (The Rangers)
13th Battallion (Kensington)
14th Battallion (London Scottish)
15th Battallion (Civil Service Rifles)
16th Battallion (Queen’s Westminster R’fls.)
17th Battallion (Poplar & Stepner R’fls.)
18th Battallion (London Irish Rifles)
19th Battallion (St. Pancras)
20th Battallion (Blackheath & Woolwich)
21st Battallion (First Surrey Rifles)
22nd Battallion (The Queen’s)
23rd Battallion  
24th Battallion (The Queen’s)
25th Battallion (Cyclists)
28th Battallion (Artists Rifles)
33rd (City of London) Batt (Rifle Brigade)
34th (County of London) Batt (K.R.R.C.)
   
   
Royal Army Service Corps London Units
Royal Army Medical Corps London Units
Royal Army Veterinary Corps Ldn Units
Territorial Forces Nursing Serv’ce Ldn Div.
Voluntary Aid Detachments  
Last updated 28 September, 2008
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