Guards Crimean War Memorial

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Waterloo Place




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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Other sculpture
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Crimean War (1853-1856)
About the memorial: The Guards Crimean War Memorial G.V. II Memorial. 1859-60 by John Bell. Bronze statuary group on granite base and plinth. Rising above the group a symbolic figure of Honour on taller granite pedestal with figures of 3 Guardsmen grouped in front. One of these is a Coldstream, one Grenadier and one Fusilier. It was the first war memorial to focus on the ordinary soldier rather than a commander. The statues of Lord Herbert of Lea and Florence Nightingale q. v. were added in 1915 when the original memorial was moved from Waterloo Place back towards Regent Street to accommodate the new elements. form subsidiary parts of the overall composition on island site in centre of road.c Historic England Listing entry. The significance of Florence Nightingale is obvious, but Sidney Herbert was added as the Secretary of State for War who had been unjustly hounded out of office because if his family's Russian connections. (See Orlando Figes' book, Crimea, pages 467-471.)
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Grade II (England)


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