London Troops Memorial

I almost walked into this memorial one gray morning when I was in the area of Bank Station, and I seem to recall I was heading elsewhere at the time so did not really take much heed of it. However, looking at my images I also did not really photograph it as well as I should have. The memorial is known as the London Troops Memorial and may be found outside the Royal Exchange in the City of London.

Two bronze statue of  soldiers represent  The Royal Fusiliers and the Royal Field Artillery.

The memorial  was unveiled on 12 November 1920 The memorial was unveiled by Prince Albert, Duke of York. and it too would have to be updated following the Second World War.

The front face of the central pier bears a carving in relief of the coat of arms of the City of London, above three dedicatory inscriptions reading:

TO THE/ IMMORTAL HONOUR/ OF THE OFFICERS/ NON-COMMISSIONED/ OFFICERS AND MEN/ OF LONDON/ WHO SERVED THEIR/ KING AND EMPIRE/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919/ THIS MEMORIAL IS/ DEDICATED IN PROUD &/ GRATEFUL RECOGNITION/ BY THE CITY AND/ COUNTY OF LONDON/ THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE/ UNVEILED ON NOV 12TH 1920/ BY HRH THE DUKE OF YORK/ ON BEHALF OF/ FIELD-MARSHAL HRH/ THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT/ K.G., K.T., K.P./ AND/ ALBEIT MANY UNITS/ NAMED HEREON/ HAVE CHANGED IN/ DESIGNATION AND ROLE/ WE HONOUR AND/ REMEMBER THE MEN/ AND WOMEN WHO SERVED/ IN ALL THE UNITS OF/ THE CITY AND COUNTY/ OF LONDON IN THE WAR OF/ 1939-1945.

IWM Entry about the Memorial

The bronze figures were sculpted by Alfred Drury and the stone-carver and letterer was William Silver Frith, and the architect was Sir Aston Webb. and it is a Grade II listed building

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