Statue of Captain Albert Ball, 30 metres North East of Castle Museum

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Nottingham Castle

Castle Road

Nottingham

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Figure sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Granite
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: BRONZE STATUE OF CAPTAIN BALL. BALL STANDS GAZING UPWARDS WITH HANDS ON BELT. ALLEGORICAL ROBED FIGURE OF WOMAN REPRESENTING THE AIR, ONE HAND POINTING SKYWARDS, THE OTHER RESTING ON BALL'S SHOULDER. SCULPTURE STANDS ON STONE PLINTH. PLINTH BEARS...(c IWM 27446)Memorial statue. 1921. Baroque Revival style. Life size bronze figure of Captain Ball dressed in flying kit, with a symbolic female attendant figure. Square Portland stone pedestal with strapwork cartouches on 2 faces, and scenes of air combat in relief on the others. Moulded grey granite plinth and circular stepped base. Albert Ball, VC, was the first British flyer to become a national celebrity in World War I. He was killed in 1917. (List Entry 1246929)
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Front Inscription: Capt. Albert Ball, VC 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion Sherwood Foresters, attached Royal Flying Corps, DSO (two bars), MC, Croix de Guerre, Legion D'Honneur, Order of St. George (Russia), Hon. Freeman of City of Nottingham. Per Ardua Ad Astra Rear Inscription:In the air he gave the most conspicuous and gallant service to his country, and was killed in action, fighting gloriously, May 7th 1917. Aged 20 years. Per Ardua Ad Astra.

Captain Albert Ball, VC

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Grade II (England)

1246929

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