Royal Artillery War memorial

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49,076 men remembered on the Royal Regiment of Artillery memorial, WW1, Hyde Park Image: Mark Norris

Visiting Kew Gardens for their Somme100 talk with The Commonwealth War Graves Commission on 6th July 2016, I passed en route this striking memorial to the Royal (Regiment of) Artillery at Hyde Park Corner, sculpted by Charles Sergeant Jagger.

http://spartacus-educational.com/ARTjagger.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Sargeant_Jagger

http://www.c20society.org.uk/war-memorials/london-royal-artillery-memorial/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Artillery_Memorial

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Striking relief panels of a trench howitzer. Image: Mark Norris

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Royal Artillery memorial Hyde Park; Another relief panel of gunners, one wearing the winter goatskin warmers. Image: Mark Norris  

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Further details of Jagger’s relief panels, Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park.  Image: Mark Norris

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Unusually Jagger depicts a dead draped gunner or Artilleryman on this 1914-19 section of his Artillery memorial at Hyde Park. The small carved inscription beneath the figure writing notes  that a Roll of Honour of all who served in The Royal Regiment of Artillery is housed forever inside this memorial. Image: Mark Norris

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Another of Charles Sergeant Jagger’s “gunner” memorial figures, Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park. Image: Mark Norris

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The huge stone howitzer tops this impressive memorial, Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park. Image: Mark Norris

Several of the Kew Gardens and London Zoo WW1 casualties were in various branches  of the Royal Artillery. Many others of their surviving staff would have served in the Artillery  as well. They are all remembered on this Memorial.

Henry Peavot, Albert Staniford, William Perkins, ZSL staff casualties in the Artillery:

https://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/remembering-lost-wartime-staff-of-zsl-london-zoo-in-ww1/

C.H. Brown, J.W. Clark, F.T. Pursell/ Purssell, Kew Gardens staff casualties in the Artillery:

https://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/such-is-the-price-of-empire-the-lost-gardeners-of-kew-in-the-first-world-war/

Posted by Mark Norris, World War Zoo Gardens project, Newquay Zoo.

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