The Citizens’ War Memorial is still there, hidden behind the cordon.
On 9 June 1937 the statue was unveiled by Colonel S.C.P. Nicholls, after a service by Anglican Archbishop Julius.
Originally modelled in clay by local artist William Trethewey, the moulds for the statue were sent to England to be cast in bronze by A.B Burton.
There are six figures in the statue.
Seated with outstretched arms is a figure representing the Mothers of the Empire in an attitude of grief for her lost sons.
St George, in armour, is on the right, facing the Cathedral. He represents valour and protection. On the other side is Youth, holding a torch.
Above St George is Peace, who holds an olive Branch and a dove. Next to her is Justice, who is blindfolded and carries a set of scales, a symbol of balance.
The Angel at the top (my Dad’s favourite) is breaking a sword. She was to be called Victory, but it was decided not to name her.
Peek through the fence surrounding Christchurch Cathedral at this wonderful statue. It’s still there amongst the weeds…
- Our page about the Christchurch Cathedral
- Our page about the Citizens’ War Memorial
- Photos of the Citizen’s War Memorial
- Online resources about Christchurch Cathedral (access with your library card & password / PIN)
- Online resources about Citizen’s War Memorial (access with your library card & password / PIN)