Westminster Scholars - Crimea and Indian Mutiny

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Westminster Abbey

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Pillar/column
  • Stone Stone (any)
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • Crimean War (1853-1856)
  • Indian Mutiny (1857-1858)
About the memorial: High Victorian Gothic Memorial, 1859-61 by Sir George Gilbert Scott erected in memory of those from Westminster School who died in the Crimean War (1854 - 56) and the Indian Mutiny (1857-58). Polished red granite column with Portland stone base dressing sculpture. Large column with lantern-cross and statue of St George and the dragon, carved by J.R. Clayton. Base flanked by four lions.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Westminster Walk: This 25 metre tall red granite column is located in an area called “The Sanctuary” and its purpose often missed by passers by. The Portland stone used has weathered over the years so it is difficult to read the inscription. The names show the level attained by the students, some of high rank. At the top of the pillar are statues of Edward the Confessor, Henry III, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria all of whom played a part in the development of the abbey and school. Above them is a statue of the English patron saint and the shields bear the arms of those who were killed. What a pity the details at the top of the column are not closer !!
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To the memory of those educated at Westminster School, who died in the Russian and Indian Wars, AD1854-1859, on the field of battle, or from wounds or sickness. Some in early youth, some full of years and honours, but who all alike gave their lives for their country. This column was erected by their old school fellows in token of sorrow for their loss, of pride and valour, and in full assurance that the remembrance of their heroism in life and death will inspire their successors at Westminster with the same courage and self devotion.

Field Marshal Lord Raglan GCB (Commander in Chief 1854-1855), Lieutenant General Frederick Markham CB (2nd division), Captain Augustus Frederick Kynaston RN CB, Major Augustus Saltren Willett (17th Lancers), Captain Frederick Henry Dymock (95th Regiment), Lieutenant Reginald Hugh Somerville (23rd Fusiliers), Lieutenant William Walker Jordan (34th Regiment), Lieutenant Richard Borough (Rifle Brigade), Midshipman Charles Madan (HMS Sanspareil), Frederick Henty (Commissariat Department), General Sir William Barnard GCB (Commander in Chief 1857), Major John Waterfield (38th Bengal Native Infantry), Major Walter Robert Prout (56th Bengal Native Infantry), Captain Wilson Henry Jones (HM 13th Light Infantry), Captain Louis Henry Bedford (HM 37th Regiment), Captain William Thornton Phillimore (10th Bengal Native Infantry), Lieutenant Henry Bingham (HM 90th Regiment), Lieutenant Lovick Emilius Cooper (HM Rifle Brigade), Cornet William George Hawtrey Bankes VC (HM 7th Hussars).

Grade II (England)


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