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Statues in South Shields Town Hall

The Victoria Cross

Two sculptures by Roger Andrews have been placed in niches on either side of the main staircase in South Shields Town Hall earlier this month, they commemorate the awarding of the Victoria Cross to two of South Tyneside’s military heroes who showed immense bravery under fire during the last two great wars. The money to pay for these tributes was raised by public subscription and the popular feeling is that the artist has portrayed the men faithfully.

Capt. Richard “Dicky” Annand (pictured left) won the Army’s first Victoria Cross of the Second World War when serving with the 2nd Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, and Private Thomas Young (pictured right) won his VC when in March 1918, after an offensive near Arras, he returned time and again to no-man’s-land to rescue nine men lying wounded in shell craters.

Annand spent most of his life living in South Shields and was a resident of Westoe Village before moving to the City of Durham where he died aged 90 in 2004. Thomas Young was from Boldon and died in Whickham aged 71 in 1966.

The bronze statues are just about life size at around six feet tall each and face visitors as they enter the Town Hall.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry in the British military structure and each medal is cast from bronze from two guns of Russian (or Chinese) origin captured during the Crimean War.

You can read about the history of the Victoria Cross here.

You can see a larger image here.

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Written by curly

May 28, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. Hello
    I am glad to see that your new statues are for someone other than a politician, we just unveiled a statue to John Oliver here in Oliver, ( see April 21 on my blog) our town is named after this former premier of British Columbia. Just like a banana republic many towns, bridges, rivers Mountains have been named after polititians, they dont even wait for them to die before they have their name etched into our history.

    Dave Whalley

    May 28, 2007 at 8:07 am

  2. The photographs and narrative are interesting. I liked the part where the bronze came from. Swords into plough shares.

    I have good news:

    The three baby robins are on their way to Meet the World. I miss them already. It was quite an emotional experience for me.
    Brookville Daily Photo

    Abraham Lincoln

    May 28, 2007 at 10:11 am


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