Point of Interest

Guards Division Memorial

England / Europe

Designed by architect Harold Charlton Bradshaw (whom was gassed and wounded in the War himself) and created by sculptor Gilbert Ledward, the Guards Memorial was installed in recognition of the approximately 14,500 Guardsman from the Foot Guards Regiment whom lost their lives in World War I. Unveiled by the Duke of Connaught (Uncle of King George V) in 1926, an inscription was added post World War II to commemorate those Guardsman whom died in service since 1918. The five life-size bronze statues are representative of each of the Regiments of the Queens Foot Guards; the Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Welsh and Irish. Ledward was instructed to make each statue representative of a typical soldier from each Regiment, however the Irish Guardsman selected got impatient and left before the artist had finished. Subsequently his legs actually belong to another soldier! The five figures are made from guns captured during World War I.The memorial was damaged by German bombers during World War II and in repairing it, a small hole in one of the statues was purposely left. See if you can spot it!  

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