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9 February 2015

Find the GWR War Memorial at Paddington

Charles Sargeant Jagger's poignant bronze memorial on platform 1 at Paddington Station remembers the employees of the Great Western Railway who lost their lives during the First World War via the figure of a soldier dressed for battle and reading a letter from home.

The figure is surrounded by stonework by Thomas S. Tait and was unveiled on 11th November 1922. Later inscriptions adapt the memorial to cover those who died during the Second World War. Hopefully there will never be a Third.

For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Western_Railway_War_Memorial

^Picture © ceridwen used under a Creative Commons license^


  1. I became very fond of Jagger's memorial sculptures and there was a lot to locate and discuss. So have a look at Charles Sargeant Jagger I: war and sex, and Charles Sargeant Jagger II: low reliefs. He must have been a very busy sculptor.

    I don't think I have seen the Paddington statue. This monument, remembering the employees of the Great Western Railway in WW1, is very human.

    Art and Architecture, mainly

  2. Unsurprisingly, London's war memorials have been receiving a fair amount of attention at Wikipedia over the last year or so, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Troops_War_Memorial to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flanders_Fields_Memorial_Garden

    The (now closed) English Heritage exhibition at Wellington Arch was fascinating.