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World War I War Memorial Soldier and Sailor – Bradford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 47.489 W 001° 45.381
30U E 581925 N 5961039
Quick Description: A soldier and sailor stand on this world war I memorial dedicated to the men and women of the City of Bradford who served their king and empire.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/29/2011 10:20:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMBX01
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
This memorial was unveiled on 1st July 1922, the 6th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme when 1700 men from Bradford were killed or injured.

The men are depicted lunging forward as though running into battle. Originally the rifles had bayonets attached but this caused controversy because it was felt to be too aggressive for a memorial sculpture.

In 1969 the bayonets were deliberately bent and the council removed them soon after. However the council kept them and they are always reattached for the annual Armistice Day memorial service in November.

There is an inscription on a bronze plaque near the bottom of the memorial and has been updated to include World War II and other conflicts.
TO THE IMMORTAL HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE
CITY OF BRADFORD
WHO SERVED THEIR KING AND EMPIRE
1914-1918    1939-1945
AND IN OTHER CONFLICT
IN PROUD AND
GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE


Further down still is the phrase THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE inscribed on the stone work. This phrase is commonly used on war memorials from World War I, especially on the battlefield memorials in Europe. It was suggested by the author Rudyard Kipling when he served on a committee that looked at how to commemorate the end of the war.
Name: World War I war memorial

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name: John W Simpson

Date created or placed: 7/1/1922

Materials used: Stone for the memorial and bronze for the statues

Location: Victoria Square, Morley Street

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