Type Sculpture , War Memorial
The memorial comprises a statue of a private in service kit, on a high long pedestal with rounded ends. Mounted on the flat left (east) and right (west) faces of the pedestal are bronze relief panels: the east panel bears a relief of a battle cruiser at sea, seen across the big guns of a battleship (i.e. the Navy), that on the west, biplanes in flight (the Air Force). Above these panels against the cornice of the pedestal are carved coats-of-arms. The rounded front and rear ends have full-length carvings: that on the front being of St George, in armour, standing on the dragon (to symbolise victory), and that on the rear, a standing, grieving, veiled woman with a naked baby and a dove at her feet, symbolising 'the grief of the present generation [and] the hope of assumed peace of future generations'.
On the pedestal, beneath the bronze panels:
- east face: GIVE HONOUR TO THE MEN OF ST. SAVIOUR'S SOUTHWARK / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE EMPIRE 1914-1918 / THEIR NAMES ARE INSCRIBED WITHIN / THE PARISH CHURCH / MAY THEIR MEMORY LIVE FOR EVER IN THE MINDS OF MEN
- west face: THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY / THE PARISHIONERS OF / SAINT SAVIOUR'S SOUTHWARK / IN THE YEAR 1922
Related works : John Ninian Comper, St Saviour's War Memorial Tablet, Lady Chapel, Southwark Cathedral, unveiled and dedicated immediately following the above ceremony. This memorial comprises 'the list of names, which are cut directly on the stone wall of the screen behind the high altar, and under a mounted St George slaying the dragon, which is carved in relief within a laurel wreath. Over all is the . . . inscription:- Pray for the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914-1919'.
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