Royal Artillery Memorial

Royal Artillery Boer War Memorial. Near Admiralty Arch, at the corner of Horse Guards Parade and The Mall, London SW1. 1909. Bronze statue of war being controlled by peace by William Robert Colton, RA (1867-1921). Portland stone base designed by Sir Aston Webb. The inscription reads, "Erected by the officers and men of the Royal Artillery in memory of their honoured dead. South Africa. 1899-1902." It was unveiled by the Duke of Connaught in July 1910, the principal ceremony being held at St Paul's Cathedral (as reported, for example, in the New York Times). [Click on photographs to enlarge them.]

Left to right: (a) Bas relief on base depicting artillerymen transporting their weapons over hilly terrain. (b) The winged figure of peace subduing a fiery horse representing the spirit of war. [Compare contemporary photograph.] (c) Bas relief on base depicting the Royal Artillery Corps in action.

Left to right: (a) Bronze high relief of horses, men, and artillery pieces rushing to action. (b) Detail of the female figure of Peace.

Another side of the of bronze relief band that encircles the Portland stone base.

Photographs Robert Freidus. Formatting, text, and perspective correction by George P. Landow. You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

Related Material: Other Boer War Monuments


Edwards, Martin. "Royal Artillery — Boer War — Men Who Died: War Memorial." Roll of Honour. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.

"Royal Artillery Boer War Memorial in London." New York Times, 31 July 1910. Web. 14 Nov. 2011.

Last modified 14 May 2015