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Alexandra Park War Memorial

Alexandra Park War Memorial, HastingsAlexandra Park War Memorial was commissioned by the Mayor of Hastings upon the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28th June 1919. The Mayor, Mr A Blackman, announced “The Peace was signed today. On this day of rejoicing let us show our gratitude to the men who won this peace through Victory, made the freedom of the world secure and prevented the confiscation of possessions.” The memorial was designed by Margaret Winser, a Kent based sculptress who studied under Rodin. Information about her is scant (on Google at least) but she did also do this.

The names of the men and women of the armed forces who died in World War 2 and subsequent campaigns were added in 1993. The Alexander Park War memorial underwent a complete restoration in 2009. It is now a Grade II listed building. The listing details describes the memorial:  “Comprises a triangular section chamfered limestone column (now painted) decorated with swags and shields of Hastings Borough, surmounted by a winged figure with spear and wreath by Margaret Winser. Three bronze reliefs are set into the base of the column depicting all three of the Armed Services, the Army represented by foot soldiers with rifles, the Royal Navy by ratings in a warship moving a buoy and the Royal Air Force by an aviator in an aeroplane. Three steps are inscribed with names of battles and theatres of war. A large polygonal plinth is inscribed with the names of the Fallen and originally contained flowerbeds but these have been cemented over.”Alexandra Park War Memorial, Hastings

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