"The Boer War Memorial is the statue in Worcester of most artistic significance. A kneeling infantryman with a bayonet and his bullets round his neck is sheltered by a particularly graceful angel, her wing protectively around him, and holding an olive branch above his head. Her other hand holds a sword, point downwards, with a wreath around the guard. Note especially the treatment of the gauzy drapery across her torso, the poise of the hands, and the feathers of the wings. This exquisite art nouveau group is the work of W. R. Colton, and is comparable to his other Boer War memorial, in London by the Mall on the north side of St James’s Park. There are few war memorials as good as this one."
Please excuse the poor lighting and chairs obstructing the photos!
The brass plaque is to be found on a wall inside Worcester Cathedral. It was commissioned and installed by the officers and men of the 1st battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment in memory of their comrades who lost their lives in South Africa 1899-1902.
Typical of the causes of death during the campaign, just eight men were killed in action. With a great many more dying from disease such as enteric fever.
Please note the battle honours and regimental badge shown on the pediment above the plaque. Again, apologies for poor lighting!