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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Afghan and Zulu Wars Memorial

Summary

Type War Memorial , War Memorial

     A large rough-hewn rock with a white marble slab set into the east side, facing the road. On this slab are the dedication and lists of names commemorated from the Afghan and South African campaigns. The letters are cut from slate (lead?) and applied. There are eight columns of names broken up into groups, with lines between. The first two groups contain the names of officers and are headed Afghan Campaign and South African Campaign. Subsequent groups are headed AFN. or S.A.. In total there are about 380 names. On either side of the marble slab are representations of weapons. They look at a distance like copper or bronze, but also appear to be coated over with bronze paint and are more likely iron painted in bronze paint. On the left are a group of Zulu weapons: a tall pointed shield in front of long and short throwing and stabbing spears, small-headed axes, bows, arrows and clubs. To the right are a group of Afghan weapons: three small, round studded shields, long-handled axes with half-moon shaped blades, scimitars, two powder horns and a pouch (for shot?), a flintlock pistol, short and long-barrelled muskets and spears. The groups are very realistic-looking piles of weapons reasting against the monument. The rock itself is constructed from several sections: three at the base, two in the middle, with the pointed top in a single piece.
         

Inscriptions

On white marble slab on east side, applied slate letters: ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS, AND MEN OF THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY, / AS A MEMORIAL OF THEIR COMRADES OF ALL RANKS, / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND AFGHANISTAN IN 1877 . . . 81. Followed by eight columns of names in slate letters. Some letters broken or missing.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Gleichen, Victor Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Plaque Marble with slate (lead?) letters 178cm high x 152cm wide
Whole monument Rough hewn stone (granite?) 572cm high x 306cm wide x 245cm deep
Weapons on left (Zulu) Copper? painted in bronze paint 176cm high x 85cm wide x 25cm deep
Weapons on right (Afghan) Copper? painted in bronze paint 176cm high x 85cm wide x 50cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
GR092 UEL
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Repository Road
Precise location Beside road outside army buildings between Ha Ha Road and junction with Green Hill
A-Z ref 79 7K
OS ref TQ427779
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1881 1883?
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Officers and men of the Royal Artillery
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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