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Image 3: Poster; Unveiling of War Memorial, 1922


‘Sussex Express 8 September 1922 — Lewes War Memorial Unveiling by General Sclater: A Day of Memories’ — Richard Attlee, Actor.

Audio transcript at bottom of page


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“Sussex Express 8 September 1922 –

Lewes War Memorial

Unveiling by General Sclater

A Day of Memories


Wednesday was indeed a day of memories for many in the old town of Lewes, when General Sir Henry C. Sclater, G.C.B., G.B.E., unveiled the town’s war memorial to perpetuate the memory of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. The weather was favourable, with the result that there was a very large gathering of the townspeople, while many came from the neighbouring towns.


The memorial, which has been erected at the top of School Hill, is from the design of M. Vernon March, of Farnborough, Kent, and of the 36 competitive designs submitted it was awarded the premium by Professor Prior, A.R.A., F.R.I.B.A., Slade Professor of Fine Art Cambridge. The total height of the memorial is 26 feet 6 ins. The pedestal is 17 feet 3 in high and is of the best bed Portland stone, and is surmounted by the bronze figure of Victory, with outstretched arms, one hand bearing a laurel wreath. Seated at the front of the pedestal there is a striking figure of Peace, with a dove on her shoulder. On each side there is a large bronze panel. One panel bears the inscription: “In memory of the men in Lewes who died for their country and for mankind in the Great War, 1914-1918.” The panels bear the names of the men who fought in the War. The work has been executed by Messrs. March, of Farnborough.”