Magersfontein Boer War Memorial (Replica)

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Reference WMO/268108


Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Woodhead Road




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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Other Other
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
About the memorial: Brass memorial plaque mounted on wood and metal stand. In storage, reference TEMP.21072. The entry in the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre refers to a plaque but implies the existence of a clay replica of a memorial on the battlefield of Magersfontein where the Boers won a victory in 1899 over a British army containing many Scots. From 2011 research by the Scottish Military Research Group- "Sometime after the fiftieth anniversary the memorial was removed from the Palace and put in storage somewhere in Glasgow. This was carried out by the old Glasgow Parks Department. On the approach of the centenary (2002) the administration at the time decided to display the memorial. However, whilst in storage the memorial was found to have disintegrated over the ensuing fifty years. The reason, according to Fiona Hayes, Curator of the People's Palace is that the memorial was made of plaster, not granite, and wherever it was stored the atmospheric conditions contributed to the erosion of the memorial. In other words there is no longer a Magersfontein Memorial. Also, it appears that the photo on the Virtual Mitchell website [see the link] is the only one in existence. "
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