The Replacement Boer War Statue

During the Boer War (1899 - 1902) around 21,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers perished, of whom 23 were from Hartlepool.  

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In 1906 a bronze memorial statue was purchased by public subscription.  It was designed by famous English sculptor FW Doyle-Jones, who was commissioned to create many memorials to the Boer War dead.  In 1937 Mr Doyle-Jones died leaving a legacy of beautiful memorial sculptures he had created across the United Kingdom.

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In 1968 the statue was stolen (presumably for its scrap value) and after 50 years has still not been replaced.  For over 50 years the granite plinth recording the names of the fallen has stood alone.  

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26 months ago the History of Hartlepool group decided to try to replace the statue. 

With the help and advice of Hartlepool Borough Council and Historic England there has been a lengthy period of public consultation and planning applications to replace the statue. 

Finally in March 2018 we heard we had been granted planning permission on the basis that all fundraising is undertaken by the History of Hartlepool Boer War Statue Fund.

There will be no changes made to the plinth - fundraising is purely to replace the statue.

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The approved statue has been designed by Ray Lonsdale of Two Red Rubber Bands, who famously designed 1101 (more commonly known as Tommy) which is installed at Seaham Harbour in County Durham.  It seemed fitting that a local sculptor and artist was used to replace a memorial created originally by a local sculptor and artist.  Ray works in steel, and the memorial will contain approximately 3500 pieces which works out roughly to £6 a piece.  

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This is a local project that will create a beautiful replacement statue that will be of benefit to visitors to the victorian Ward Jackson Park, and will ensure the memorial stands tall as it once did.

Once we have raised £5000 fabrication of the statue will commence.

Donations

  • Audrey Ainslie. 
    • £20 (Offline)
    • 14 d
  • John Dobbie  
    • £45 
    • 18 d
  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 18 d
  • Chris and Paul McCann 
    • £20 (Offline)
    • 18 d
  • Allan Foster 
    • £250 (Offline)
    • 18 d
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Organizer

Stephen Close 
Organizer
Hartlepool, North East England, United Kingdom
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