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John Franklin statue John Franklin statue

Statue: John Franklin statue

Erection date: 1866

Inscription

{On the front of the plinth:}
To the great arctic navigator and his brave companions who sacrificed their lives in completing the discovery of the North West Passage. A.D. 1847 - 8.
Erected by the unanimous vote of parliament.

{On the right face of the plinth:}
{Plaque listing 67 names of the men on SS Erebus lost on the expedition.}
{Carved in the marble above plaque:}
Her Majesty's ship Erebus
{and below the plaque:}
"They forged the last link with their lives".

{On the left face of the plinth:}
{Plaque listing 62 names of the men on SS Terror lost on the expedition.
{Carved in the marble above plaque:}
Her Majesty's ship Terror
{and below the plaque:}
"They forged the last link with their lives".

{These two lists of names are grouped by role (e.g. Officer) but are not alphabetical. See Subjects Commemorated for these 129 names.}

The base has a beautifully modelled bronze cornice showing acorns and oak leaves.

{The front face of the plinth carries a bronze relief depicting Franklin's funeral on the ice. There is apparently a bronze relief on the back face showing a chart of the arctic showing Melville Sound etc. But this is only visible from inside the garden which is private.}

Site: John Franklin statue (1 memorial)

SW1, Waterloo Place

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Joseph Andrews

Role on the lost expedition: Petty officer on SS Erebus. See John Franklin.

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Thomas Armitage

Role on the lost expedition: Petty officer on SS Terror. See John Franklin.

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Daniel Arthur

Role on the lost expedition: Petty officer on SS Erebus. See John Franklin.

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Richard Aylmore

Role on the lost expedition: Petty officer on SS Erebus. See John Franklin.

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John Bailey

Role on the lost expedition: Able seaman on SS Terror. See John Franklin.

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Matthew Noble

If the National Portrait Gallery collection is anything to go by Noble specia...

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