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War Memorial of the 24th East Surrey Division, Battersea Park

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wandsworth, London

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Latitude: 51.4805 / 51°28'49"N

Longitude: -0.1538 / 0°9'13"W

OS Eastings: 528296

OS Northings: 177344

OS Grid: TQ282773

Mapcode National: GBR 9R.MG

Mapcode Global: VHGR5.910W

Entry Name: War Memorial of the 24th East Surrey Division, Battersea Park

Listing Date: 24 August 2005

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391503

English Heritage Legacy ID: 493245

Location: Wandsworth, London, SW11

County: London

District: Wandsworth

Electoral Ward/Division: Queenstown

Built-Up Area: Wandsworth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Battersea St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


1207/0/10145 BATTERSEA PARK
24-AUG-05 War memorial of the 24th East Surrey D
ivision, Battersea Park

II*

WWI memorial. Designed and sculpted by Eric Henri Kennington RA (1888-1960). Portland stone. Consists of the figures of three infantry soldiers with helmets rifles and full kit, with a serpent at their feet, standing upon a three part columnar base. The figure to the left was modelled on the poet and writer Robert Graves. The base of the memorial has the inscription, XXIV Division France 1914-1918 around the top, with the twenty unit badges beneath. Situated in the registered grade II* Battersea Park.

History: The memorial commemorates over 10,000 men who had been killed or listed as `missing presumed dead' whilst serving with the 24th Infantry Division. The memorial was unveiled on 4 October 1924 in an opening ceremony performed by Field Marshall Plumer and the Bishop of Southwark.

Summary of Importance: The 24th East Surrey Division war memorial in Battersea Park is not only of historic interest due to its link with world events, but it is also of visual interest, due to the elegant sculptural quality of the depiction of ordinary infantry men by the highly regarded war artist Eric Kennington. This is an unusually avant-garde war memorial with a very interesting depiction of Robert Graves, author of the outstanding war memoir 'Goodbye to All That'.

Sources:

Jonathan Black, `The Legions who have suffered: the war memorials of Eric Kennington c 1921-1954', in Sculpture Journal XI (2004)

Jonathan Black, `Thanks for the Memory': War memorial, spectatorship and the trajectories of commemoration 1919-2001, in Matters of Conflict: Material culture, memory and the First World War, ed. Nicholas J. Saunders (2004)

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 17 February 2017.

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