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john burnett



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:24 pm    Post subject: Field Marshall Earl Roberts VC Reply with quote

Thanks to David Burnett for photos of Lord Roberts, VictoriaCross.
UKNIWM 54682
Situated within Kelvingrove Park. Map ref NS 590650


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As requested, find some added pictures below, I've also done some research on the unveiling etc, and will add some text soon.









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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Roberts does not seem to have had any strong connection with Glasgow. But he was one of the most successful British military commanders of Victorian times. Glasgow acted quickly after his death in November 1914 to raise funds for a monument in his honour. This seems to have been done mainly by various schemes to collect small sums from the general public. The success of these schemes (in fact more money was raised that required for the monument) was a testament to his popularity and to feelings of patriotism during the early stage of World War One. Robertsí widow took a keen interest in the project, and suggested strongly that the memorial should involve a copy of the monumental depiction of her husband on horseback by Harry Bates that was raised in Calcutta in 1898. Bates had since died, but his wife had a plaster model of the statue in her possession and organized the production of a copy for the Glasgow memorial. The memorial was unveiled by Robertsí daughter on 21st August 1916.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graeme

That's very interesting about the Calcutta memorial. I wonder if it is still there in Calcutta in one of those parks set aside for old Raj era monuments?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not checked personally, but from the internet it does seem that the original monument does remain in a large park called The Maidan in what was once called Catcutta but is now called Kolkata.

In fact there is yet another copy of the statue in Horse Guards Parade in London. This time it sits on a much less ornate plinth, and was constructed after the Glasgow one. The London statue is smaller that the ones in India and Glasgow, allegedly the reduction in size was implemented so as not to dominate the nearby statue of Wolseley.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

graeme.ruxton wrote:
...was once called Catcutta but is now called Kolkata


Graeme

Before I posted I checked and it seems Calcutta is still acceptable. From what I read on the internet the changes to Madras and Bombay were as much about regional Indian politics as eradicating the colonial past.

I should have checked a bit further to find Lord Roberts statue though!
From this old postcard it shows the park

http://www.imagesofasia.com/html/india/images/large/roberts-statue.jpg

And it looks like the same statue is on Horse guards too but without the extra statuary on the base. There's some notes on sculptor Henry Bates too.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7313591@N02/2420520762


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a short film clip of the unveiling.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=75631

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