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



Type Statue

     The Sailor stands on guard, his costume dates from the Boer War (1899-1901). The ribbon on his cap is inscribed. He is dressed in field service order and carries the remains of a Lee-Enfield rifle Mark 1.
     The sailor was originally created as part of a Neo-Gothic monument erected in Duncombe Place, York, designed by G.F. Bodley, for the South African War 1899-1902. This monument was 57 feet high, with octagonal sides incorporating niches containing sculptural figures representing all branches of the services. It was unveiled by Field Marshall Earl Robert V.C. The sailor figure was thought inappropriate and replaced by an unarmed one. This original figure was given to the city by R. Bridgeman in 1905.


On the ribbon of his cap: H.M.S. Powerful

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bridgeman & Sons of Lichfield, Robert Other
Bodley, George Frederick Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Ketton stone 1.35m high
Base Ketton stone None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STliLIlb007 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
  • Biological growth
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Structural damage
Road Beacon Street
Precise location South wall of the old library/museum
A-Z ref 151 2E
OS ref None

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Date of design 1902
Year of unveiling 1905
Unveiling details 1905
Commissioned by Original monument built by public subscription; figure given to the city by Robert Bridgeman in 1905
Duty of care Staffordshire County Council
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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