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James Stokes V.C. and men of the Gorbals

Gorbals War Memorial - Photo by Glasgow City Council taken on 01.04.2010

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Gorbals Rose Garden
Rutherglen Rd
On original site
Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Other sculpture
  • Second World War (1939-1945)

About the memorial

A cast bronze rose on a slender bronze stem. The rose head is not fully bloomed and the head is bowed as it in mourning. It stands on a stone base which is in the shape of a Victoria Cross. The memorial is dedicated to James Stoke (VC) and the men of Gorbals who served in World War II.

Private James Stokes, 30, won the Victoria Cross posthumously in March 1945 for single-handedly storming two German machine gun posts.

Around the circular base is the inscription: "This memorial is dedicated to everyone from the Gorbals who served their country in times of conflict."

On top of the circular base are four triangular prisms, on the sides of which are the names of four local areas: Gorbals, Laurieston, Hutchesontown and Oatlands.

Sitting on one prism is a cast-iron rose petal on which is inscribed "James Stokes VC 1915-1945".

The Old Burial Ground and the Gorbals Rose Garden in Old Rutherglen Road is a focal point of the community.

The memorial was created in 2005 by the Gorbals Art Project, which is a locally based group working with the community to create artwork and promote regeneration.

The granite base was made in the shape of the Victoria Cross, which is the highest award given to UK forces for bravery in battle.

The Rose itself was made of bronze and its head was bowed in respect for those who have given their lives in conflict.

Condition level: Good
Comments: Conservation work undertaken in 2014 following a CMRF grant offer for more information please visit:
Condition level: Good
Comments: The vandalised memorial was completely restored by bronze conservation experts in August 2014. This restoration was funded with financial support from the War Memorials Trust.
Condition level: Very bad
Comments: The memorial has been vandalised and is in need of repair

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