This is War


This is War.

She is located in the corner of Leicester’s Town Hall Square at Every Street and Horsefair Street. One of three figures that make up the city’s South African War Memorial. Her sisters are Grief and Peace. Each one atop her own large granite pedestal.

The monument was designed by John Breedon Everard and the figures were sculpted by Joseph Crossland McClure. Paid for by public subscription it was unveiled in July 1909. It was placed here to remind passersby of the 300 plus Leicestershire men killed in the Second Boer War, the South African War, between October 1899 and May 1902.

The memorial is a Grade 2 listed building (English Heritage reference 1185421). The official listing description is as follows: “TOWN HALL SQUARE. War Memorial at North East corner of Town Hall Square. Early C20. Boar War memorial. Sculptor Crosland McClure. Consisting of low granite wall with bronze plaques of list of the dead, central squat pedestal with bronze kneeling angel in flowing robes holding sword and olive branch. At each end there is a slightly lower pedestal with partly robed bronze female figures.”

a street drinker sings
While Shepherds Watch
this winter wind

Paul Conneally

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