Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

WIlliam Francis
Dore War Memorial, 1921
Savage Lane and Vicarage Lane
stone, bronze

In a tiny walled garden at the corner of Savage Lane and Vicarage Lane, Dore, S17. (A-Z p.120 2D)

A private soldier standing to attention with his rifle grounded. This figure is carved in granite and placed on a fine sandstone pedestal to which is attached bronze panels with details of the dead from two world wars.

The monument was unveiled in December 1921. Possibly on December 17th [1]

The commission for the statue was given to Edward Spargo and Son of Trevone Quarry, near Treverva, Cornwall. The sculptor responsible was William Francis who worked for the firm. [2]

A plaque detailing the World War 2 dead was added at a later date; it includes the names of two women.

Sources: [1] Information from Val Malthouse of Dore Historical Society
[2] Information from 'Mabe Matters' September 2010

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