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Albany Anglo-Boer War Memorial
Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape

Stanley Nicholson BABB: Artist



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33°18'33.49" S 26°31'42.58" E Alt: 546m

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In the Grahamstown Journal of 10 March 1906, in which a detailed account of the festivities which took place at the unveiling of the memorial appeared, it was referred to as the 'Memorial to the fallen men of Albany and Grahamstown.' However it is also sometimes referred to as the Anglo-Boer War Memorial.

The memorial was unveiled by the Governor, Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson, and paid for by "money provided by free will offerings of the citizens and of the members of the various Corps, to the honour of whose dead comrades the memorial is erected."

Rudyard Kipling especially composed the Poetic inscription and the sculptor was Stanley Nicholson BABB (1874-1957) of England. The bronze statue surmounting the memorial is a Winged figure of Peace bending over a dead soldier. Other public works by Babb are the Scott Memorial in St Paul's Cathedral and figures of Gainsborough and Romney at the Victoria and Albert Museum. (Ref: Times, London, 23 September 1957, p. 14)

Information provided by Liz de Wet of the Cory Library, Rhodes University. Submitted by William MARTINSON.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.