The Lancashire Fusiliers sent 4000 men to the war in South Africa. The idea of erecting a memorial to fallen did not materialise until 1903 when the plan became public. Initially the plan was to site the memorial in the Market Place next to John Peel. The statue remained in the Market Place until 1920.
The statue was moved to its place in Whitehead Clock Tower Gardens in 1920.
The design of the cheering soldier was considered radical at the time when the cliché was for soldiers to be in repose or mourning.
There is considerably more information at this site. Much research has gone into the detail. Please acknowledge with a link should you use any of this information. Photos used here are mine and copywrite free and may be used - a link would be appreciated.
On the actual memorial the letter U is not used. The letter V is used in its place. There are very few instances where it causes confusion.
The design of the memorial was by Sir George Frampton, R.A., P.R.B.S. (1860-1928) He liaised with Lieutenant Colonel Sir Lees Knowles M.P. about the design. A lengthy process it was said.
|Sir Lees Knowles|
Frampton was an extremely prolific sculptor. The link below will take you to his output
For those interested in Victorian sculpture this link will take you there. Clearly the figure would be controversial - he is a proud soldier, cheering for the King, sorrowfull but proud. He is dressed in the regiments home uniform, rather than that worn by the regiment in which it fought in South Africa. The primrose yellow hackle is visible. The regiment used to march on WhitSunday locally. One of my friends joined up at the very end of the 50's. Got to admit there was a certain feel about "our" regiment and the battle honours that it won.
|The Whitehead clock is just visible behind.|
|TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY|
OF LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
LINE, MILITIA AND VOLUNTEER
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR SOVEREIGN AND THEIR COUNTRY
IN SOUTH AFRICA 1900-2
THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED
BY THEIR COMRADES OF ALL
RANKS & BY FRIENDS OF
|The LIST OF THE OFFICERS AND NON-COMMISIONED OFFICERS BELOW:|
|ANOTHER VIEW OF THIS PANEL|
|The soldier who modelled was|
Harry Ibell, he served in the 16th Lancers.
George Frampton had his studio in London
|Looking towards Manchester.|