The Lendy Memorial

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Reference WMO262946

Address:

Sunbury Walled Garden

Sunbury Park

Thames Street

Sunbury

TW16 6AB

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Animal Figure
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Ashanti Wars (1823-1900)
  • Matabele Wars (1893-1897)
About the memorial: Memorial to two brothers, killed within a month of each other in different wars in Africa. This originally stood on the bank of the Thames opposite St Mary's Church. The base incorporated a drinking fountain, as stated in the inscription. The memorial was badly damaged by bombing in WW2, and the base was destroyed. The lion was damaged, but repaired, and relocated to the council offices at Benwell House, Green Street. In 1986, the lion was moved again, and now stands on a new base in Sunbury Walled Garden. A version of the original inscription was restored to the front of the new base (although the drinking fountain to which it refers no longer exists), and a new inscription was added to the rear detailing the lion's history.
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[original inscription] Dvlce et decorvm est pro patria mori / To the memory of / Charles Frederick Lendy Captain R.A. who died at Buluwayo / South Africa January 1894 aged 30 from the effects of the Matabele Campaign / throughout which he served in command of the guns / with indefatigable zeal and conspicuous bravery / Also of / Edward Augustus William Lendy D.S.O. Captain Sherwood Foresters / seconded as Inspector General of Sierra Leone Frontier Police / killed in action December 23 at Waima West Africa aged 25 / The only sons of the Late Major A.F.Lendy F.I.S. F.S.C. of Sunbury-on-Thames / This fountain has been erected in their native village by their friends / as a tribute to the memory of two brave men [replacement inscription, front] To the memory of / Charles Frederick Lendy Captain RA / who died at Buluwayo South Africa 15th January 1894 aged 30 from the effects of / the Matabele Campaign throughout which he served in command of the guns / with indefatigable zeal and conspicuous bravery / and of / Edward August William Lendy DSO / killed in action 23rd December 1893 at Warina West Africa aged 25 Captain Sherwood Foresters and seconded as Inspector General Sieraa Leone Frontier Police / The only sons of the Late Major A.F. Lendy of Sunbury-on-Thames / This fountain has been erected in their native village by their friends / as a tribute to the memory of two brave men / dulce et decorum est pro patria mori [replacement inscription, rear] This memorial was first erected in 1895 when it stood near the bank of / the River Thames opposite St. Mary's Church in Sunbury village / It was badly damaged by a bomb during World War II & the lion itself / was later repaired & installed in the grounds of Benwell House / Green Street the offices of the Sunbury-on-Thames U.D.C. / This replica of the memorial with the original lion was erected by Spelthorne Borough Council in 1986 on this site in the old walled garden Sunbury Park

Charles Frederick Lendy, Edward August William Lendy

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