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Royal Marines Memorial - London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 51° 30.398 W 000° 07.768
30U E 699203 N 5710073
Quick Description: "Erected by the officers and men of the Royal Marines in memory of their comrades who were killed in action or died of wounds or disease in South Africa and China, 1899 - 1900."
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/10/2012 9:08:48 AM
Waymark Code: WMDYNH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
Views: 15

Long Description:
This Memorial is located near the Admiralty Arch in London.
The sculpture by Sir Adrian Jones depicts two Royal Marines, one standing on guard with a rifle and bayonet while another at his feet lies wounded and still clutching his rifle. The bronze memorial was erected in 1903.
This website (visit link) adds:

"{In large brass letters laid in the ground in a circle around the monument:}
This memorial was rededicated in October 2000 in honour of all Royal Marines who have served their country by land and sea and who are forever remembered by their friends.

{On a brass plaque attached to the front of the plinth:}
Erected by the officers and men of the Royal Marines in memory of their comrades who were killed in action or died of wounds or disease in South Africa and China, 1899 - 1900.

{There are (not terribly good) bronze reliefs on two sides of the plinth, showing the Repulse of the Chinese attack on the Peking legation and the action at Graspan in South Africa. One is inscribed:}
Adrian Jones 1902
{The other has a much less legible inscription that probably reads the same.}

{The brass plaque on the back of the plinth lists 70 men lost in either South Africa or China. The names are listed at Subjects Commemorated.}
The statue and the reliefs are by Jones with Jackson responsible for the architectural elements."

This website (visit link) has information about a solemn ceremony held at the site in 1984.

This website (visit link) offers the following snippet:

"Royal Marines Memorial


This 1903 statue by Adrian Jones remembers those lost in China and the Boer War. Jones, a veterinary surgeon with the cavalry, only set up as a painter and sculptor when he retired from the army in 1890, aged 45. He specialised in equestrian figures, notably the Quadriga on top of Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner."

Graspan refers to one of the battles during the second Boer War.
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