26 August 2012

Grahamstown : Anglo Boer memorial

After our visit to the Commemoration Methodist Church we walk across the street to the traffic island in High Street.  Luckily it was Sunday and the streets were quiet.

On the traffic island is the winged figure of Peace.  This is a monument to “The brave men of Albany who died for the empire during the Anglo-Boer War, 1899–1902”.

The sculpture is by Stanley Nicholson Babb and Rudyard Kipling wrote the inscription.   The inscription is very difficult to read because of vandalism. 
“THEY CAME OF THAT SAMESTUBBORN STOCK THAT STOOD
AT RUNNYMEDE FOR FREEDOM WITHOUR FEAR
WHEREFORE THEY GAVE THE TREASURE OF THEIR BLOOD
TO STABLISH FREEDOM HERE”


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