Haymarket, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The Response Newcastle upon Tyne Reviews
The Response Oct 06, 2012
War memorials are probaly the most common form of public architecture, but I found this one very different and intriguing.
It is situated at Haymarket, between St Thomas The Martyr Church and the Civic Centre, in the Barras Bridge area. It is a Grade II listed monument, rather than just marking the deaths of soldiers celebrates the great patriotic response of those volunteers.
Described by Alan Borg, a former Director General of the Imperial War Museum as "one of the finest sculptural ensembles on any British monument."
The Response is a set of bronze figures, set on granite, heading off to war, with emotional farewells from children, loed by drummer boys with an angel over them. Thought to be based on the scenes of the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers, heading for France and Belgium, in April 1915 as they marched through Haymarket, on their way from camp at gosforth to Newcastle Central Station.
The inscription on the front is 'Non Sibi Sed Patriae' - Not for Self but for Country.
Commisioned by Sir George Renwick, to commemorate the voluteers, his 50th anniversay in business and, probably more significantly, the safe return of his 5 sons from The Great War.It was inaugurated in 1923.
I spent ages looking at the detail of the sculpture, it really is quite a work of art, and your attention is drawn from one thing to the next. In comparison the back is quite plain with three figures carved on it,an original Northumberland Fusilier from 1674, St George in Medieval military dress and a Northumberland Fusilier from World War I.
Only came across it by accident, and had seen nothing about it prior to going to Newcastle, but definately something worth seeing.
Part of the Geordie Shores - Newcastle Oct 2012 travel blog
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