Major General James Wolfe

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Reference WMO269116

Address:

Westminster Abbey

20 Deans Yard

Westminster,

London

SW1P 3PA

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Group sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Other
About the memorial: The figure of the dying General is depicted, supported by a Grenadier and a Highland soldier in uniform in front of a tent. The figure of Victory is shown descending bearing a laurel wreath and a palm branch. At the base are two large lions and a relief of bronzed lead showing the assault (attributed to the sculptor Giovanni Battista Cappitzoldi or Capezzuoli). During the 1914-1918 war various Canadian battalions deposited their flags (or colours) in the Abbey which were laid up on Wolfe's monument for the duration of the war and returned after the Armistice. As a perpetual reminder of Canada's help to the mother country during the Great War two colours were dedicated at a special service in 1922 and placed on Wolfe's monument where they remain today. The battalions who deposited their colours during the war were: 22nd Battery CFA, 44th Canadian Pioneers, 38th, 51st, 70th, 75th, 77th,116th, 120th, 132nd, 137th, 156th, 157th, 159th, 175th, 187th and 207th.
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TO THE MEMORY OF / JAMES WOLFE / MAJOR-GENERAL AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF / OF THE BRITISH LAND FORCES / ON THE EXPEDITION AGAINST QUEBEC / WHO AFTER SURMOUNTING BY ABILITY AND VALOUR / ALL OBSTACLES OF ART AND NATURE WAS SLAIN / IN THE MOMENT OF VICTORY / ON THE XIII OF SEPTEMBER MDCCLIX. / THE KING / AND THE PARLIAMENT OF GREAT BRITAIN / DEDICATE THIS MONUMENT.

Major General James Wolfe

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