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Memorial to S African War

A Grade II Listed Building in Uplands, Swansea

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Latitude: 51.6114 / 51°36'41"N

Longitude: -3.9665 / 3°57'59"W

OS Eastings: 263931

OS Northings: 192122

OS Grid: SS639921

Mapcode National: GBR WND.VF

Mapcode Global: VH4K9.6RFJ

Plus Code: 9C3RJ26M+HC

Entry Name: Memorial to S African War

Listing Date: 25 July 1994

Last Amended: 25 July 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14597

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: On Esplanade opposite SW corner of St Helen’s cricket and rugby ground

County: Swansea

Community: Uplands

Community: Uplands

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Formerly stood in Victoria Park, and moved to Esplanade 1930s to make room for Swansea Guildhall. Designed by Mr Littlejohn, executed by Brown’s monumental masons of Heathfield Street, Swansea.

Memorial to fallen in South African War 1900-1902. Unveiled 15 April 1904; paid for by public subscription of 1 shilling.


Pink granite pedestal (on pale and dark grey granite step) with dark grey granite columns to angles, upper part of pedestal octagonal with bronze wreaths, and heraldic shield. White stone statue of soldier with bronze rifle protecting fallen comrade. Soldier said to have been posed for by Sgt O S Bird, PE teacher of Swansea Grammar School.

Inscriptions on pedestal record monument’s origins and names of those who fell ‘For that fair motherland which gave them birth nobly to dare, nobly to die’.

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Included for historic interest.

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