War Memorial Statue by Charles S. Jagger

Contributed by Clifton Park Museum Rotherham

The Sentry, 1921. WW1 Bronze Maquette by Charles Sargeant Jagger. © Rotherham Museums, Galleries & Heritage Service.

Jagger made his name as a war sculptor. He sculpted the Royal Artillery Memorial in Hyde Park in London.This bronze sculpture of a World War I soldier was a trial version for the memorial at The Britannia Hotel in Manchester, commemorating employees of S&J Watts & Co, 85 of whom died during the Great War. The sculptor Charles Sargent Jagger was born at Kilnhurst near Rotherham in 1885. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art to study sculpture, and at the outbreak of World War I he joined up with the Artists' Rifles. Jagger was wounded in action three times, winning a Military Cross for his bravery. His experience during the war and his ability as a sculptor secured him a position with the British War Memorials Committee. The Sentry featured in this bronze was originally designed for the Hoylake and West Kirby war memorial, but Jagger decided that it would have a greater impact indoors. He sculpted a number of other war memorials, including the famous Royal Artillery Memorial in Hyde Park in London. His statues are evocative of war during the early part of the 20th century and beyond.

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