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
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 11 October 2020
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