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
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