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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NORTHUMBRIAN REGIMENTS BOER WAR MEMORIAL

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Copyright © Martin Edwards 2008

The memorial is to be found in Newcastle city centre outside Haymarket metro station and takes the form of a large four-stepped base surmounted by plinth, tapering hexagonal column and winged figure of victory. At the base is another female figure representing Northumbria and there is an inscription in relief on the front face of the column. There are 131 names on plaques on the sides with relief panels besides them, these have yet to be transcribed. The winged figure of victory stands with her right arm holding out a laurel garland and a sword in her left hand and the figure of Northumbria at the base stands looking upwards with a palm branch in memory of her fallen sons in her out-stretched right hand and a standard in the other. The relief panel shows a battle scene; each panel is linked by a garland. The memorial was unveiled by Lieutenant Genral Sir Laurence Oliphant on 22nd June 1908, it was designed by Mr T Eyre Macklin, the mason was Mr J C Ferguson and the founders were Messrs Montacutelli Freres. It cost £4,707 0s 0d to build. Details are to be found in the Newcastle Council Miuntes 1901-1908, the Evening Chronicle 26th April 1965 and the City News 1976. The figure of victory was removed before work was done on the metro tunnels and the figure was reinstated three years later with an new cast bronze body and fibre-glass wings. At some point the South African emblems around the base were removed for political reasons and are now missing.

From old postcards

TO
THE MEMORY
OF
THE OFFICERS
NON COMMISSIONED
OFFICERS AND
MEN OF THE
NORTHUMBRIAN
REGIMENTS
WHO LOST
THEIR LIVES
IN THE
SOUTH AFRICAN
WAR
1899 1902
ERECTED BY THEIR
COUNTY AND COMRADES
STEADFAST IN LIFE VALIANT IN DEATH

Names still to be transcribed

Last updated 2 October, 2008

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