Bronze statue of a woman representing Motherhood with in her right hand a victory laurel, her left hand holds a cross attached to shaft with union jack at half mast. The figure looks over the Channel towards the battlefields of France and Flanders. At the base of the memorial is a bronze panel on which a moving mass of men is suggested in silhouette, and represents the continual flow of men who passed the spot during the war.
On the bronze plaque:
THANKS BE TO GOD WHO GIVETH US THE VICTORY
in ever grateful memory of the brave men from folkestone,
and the many thousands from all parts of the empire who passed this spot on their way
to fight in the great war (1914-1918) for righteousness and freedom, and especially those
of this town who made the supreme sacrifice, and whose names are here recorded,
this memorial is humbly dedicated
Beneath the plaque:
this memorial also commemorates
those members of the armed services
who lost their lives during
the second world war 1939-1945
and the many civilian inhabitants of
this borough who lost their lives
as a result of enemy action
during those years.
(statue) f.v. blundstone | sculptor
E.J. Parlanti | Founder | West Kensington
(plaque: F.V. Blundstone R.B.S.
The Folkestone Harbour Station, the British end of the Boulogne-Folkestone crossing, was a main point of departure and return during World War I for millions of soldiers and nurses.
Unveiled 2 December 1922 by the Earl of Radnor.
- Ferdinand Victor Blundstone (1882-1951),
Swiss-born sculptor who worked in England
Sources & Information
Locatie (N 51°4'40" - E 1°10'45") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: gbse054; Photograph: 12 August 2015
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