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CHESWICK GREEN, SOLIHULL BOER WAR MEMORIAL 4 months 3 weeks ago #84199

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LOCATION:
CORNER OF NOBLE WAY AND COPPICE WALK,
CHESWICK GREEN,
SOLIHULL,
B90 4JF,
ENGLAND.
Situated within a public park area.



View of memorial from Noble Way.

The memorial was unveiled on 24th January 2019 as a result of collaboration between the local council and Bloor Homes Ltd who have been major housing developers in the area

Much of the stone blockwork on display was left lying in the garden of 194 Creynolds Lane, Cheswick Green for many years following the demolition of their original location as part of the Boer War Memorial stonework that formed part of the Law Courts and Public Offices in Moor Street, Birmingham. How these blocks ended up in this particular garden is open to speculation, but I for one am rather glad that some thoughtful soul decided to save them for posterity!
The stonemasonry required to complete the memorial was commissioned to Steve Allard and Sons of Worcester.




First blocks clockwise from entrance.
"TO THE 37 VC HEROES
47 OFFICERS KILLED IN ACTION AND 1753 WOUNDED
845 MEN 19292"

"QUEEN VICTORIA
BORN
22ND JANUARY 1901
KING EDWARD VII
BORN
9TH NOVEMBER 1841
QUEEN ALEXANDRIA
BORN 1ST DECEMBER 1844"

"ABOLITION OF SLAVERY 1834.
THE GREAT TREK 1837."


Second blocks clockwise from entrance
"BLOEMFONTEIN ENTERED 18TH MARCH 1900
PRETORIA ENTERED 5TH JUNE 1900"

"LORD ROBERTS
LORD KITCHENER
SIR REDVERS BULLER
LORD DUNDONALD
GENERAL FRENCH
GENERAL GATACRE
GENERAL BADEN POWELL
GENERAL METHUEN
GENERAL WHITE
Illegible below this.

"MAJUBA HILL 27TH FEBRUARY 1881
JAMESON RAID 1896"


Central pillar
"TIME CANNOT ENTOMB NOR AGE OBLITERATE THE DEEDS OF THE BRAVE"

"IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF WARWICKSHIRE WHO FOUGHT IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR"


Third blocks clockwise from entrance.
"PRESIDENT KRUGER BORN 10TH OCTOBER 1815 DIED 13TH JULY 1904.
PRESIDENT STEYN BORN 2ND OCTOBER 1857."
"1895-1902

MARQUIS OF SALISBURY
PRIME MINISTER
RIGHT HONOURABLE
JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN
COLONIAL SECRETARY.
ARTHUR J. BALFOUR
1ST LORD OF THE TREASURY.
LIRD MILNER
HIGH COMMISSIONER
OF SOUTH AFRICA.
Illegible below this.

"CAPE TOWN OCCUPIED BY THE DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY
1652
BRITISH CAPTURED CAPE TOWN 1795."


Fourth stones clockwise from entrance.
"ENGLAND ANNEXED NATAL 1843
ENGLAND ANNEXED ORANGE FREE STATE 1848."

"ELANDSLAAGTE
GLENCOE
MODDER RIVER
COLENSO
PAARDEBERG
RELIEF OF KIMBERLEY
RELIEF OF LADYSMITH
RELIEF OF MAFEKING."

"ENGLAND TOOK OVER THE TRANSVAAL 1877
ZULU WAR 1879."

It is my sincere hope that inquisitive residents of the new housing developments wil wish to look further into the stories behind the inscriptions on the stonework commemorating a largely forgotten conflict.

Roads in the area have names such as Memorial Close and Boer Drive

Car parking for visitors to this monument is pretty easy on Noble Way or along Coppice Walk a little further away.

Well done to all involved in it's construction!
The following user(s) said Thank You: QSAMIKE, Clive Stone, Smethwick

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CHESWICK GREEN, SOLIHULL BOER WAR MEMORIAL 4 months 3 weeks ago #84203

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