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To the glory of God and in memory of the officers warrant officers non-commissioned officers and riflemen of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps who gave their lives for their King and country in the Great War 1914 – 1918 and 1939 – 1945.

Memorial to King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Winchester, a morning in October 2020

This bronze statue was created in 1922, by a well known sculptor, John Tweed. It honours those of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps who lost their lives in the two world wars. The Corps was an infantry rifle regiment of the British Army, that has since undergone a few sergers and is now part of The Rifles, the largest infantry regiment in the modern British Army, and with a regimental headquarters and museum in Winchester. 

The aftermath of the First World War saw a sizeable wave of public commemoration, with thousands of memorials erected across England. The war had had a huge impact on the British people, with the loss of three quarters of a million British lives. The bodies of soldiers killed abroad were not repatriated so the memorials provided a place for locals to express their grief and pride. This statue was erected as part of that desire to commemorate those lost, with 12,840 men from just that regiment having never returned. The plaque was added after WW2.

An afternoon in October 2020


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 11 October 2020

Posted as part of All Seasons

15 replies »

  1. Like these memorials – they help people to process their grief and trauma of the war! Your first statement tells something important about Europe, and countries in general – where God was honored, these nations have been blessed. I know this will be a return seen in the coming 4 years in the USA – and I so welcome it. Thank you for sharing this with All Seasons. Tthat we may be aware of it and look forward to it! Jesh

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  2. So many sacrifices before our time. These Memorials are always so interesting. The photo is set perfect with the autumn leaves in the back. I can’t ever get a good photo of the bronze statues. Have a good day

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