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London: Memorial to the Londoners killed in WWII Bombardments

Architect: Richard Kindersley (Sculptor)
Location: St Paul's Cathedral

This memorial was sculpted out of a single piece of Irish limestone and installed in 1999, reflecting the contemporary desire to commemorate civilians and those that took part in the war, though not necessarily of the armed forces. The words ‘In War, Resolution: In Defeat, Defiance: In Victory, Magnanimity: In Peace: Goodwill’, are taken from Sir Edward Marsh writing after the Great War, but quoted again by Winston Churchill in history of the Second World War. Paid for by money raised by Evening Standard readers (and a personal donation from the Queen Mother: who found the monument ‘ beautiful –wonderfully understated and just as it should be’), the memorials remembers 30,000 Londoners killed by air raids.

Richard Kindersley is the son of David Kindersley, the well- known letter-carver and former pupil of Eric Gill. Richard studied at his father’s workshop before setting up his own studio in Kennington. His other works include the Seven Ages of Man at Baynard House on Queen Victoria Street, and the Gallipoli memorials in St Paul’s cathedral.

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