Plaque | War served | WW1

George Cartwright VC

Chelsea war monument
George Cartwright VC
Inscription

{Beneath a representation of the Victoria Cross medal:}
Private George Cartwright, Australian Imperial Force, 31st August 1918.

Site: Chelsea war monument (6 memorials)

SW1, Sloane Square

Believed to be the first war memorial erected on a public highway. At first sight just a simple stone cross on a plinth, but the whole base is octagonal and has many parts: 3 steps, 3 sections to the plinth and then the lower part of the cross has 3 subsidiary plinth-like sections. This simple monument, like many WW1 memorials, has been designed with care and style.

This memorial is a Cross of Sacrifice, originally designed to stand in Imperial War Grave Commission cemeteries abroad, or in cemeteries at home with more than forty British military burials (e.g. Queen's Road Cemetery Croydon). Blomfield designed it in a variety of sizes. We thank Duncan Youel for providing much of this information.

The VC plaques are arranged on the ground in a checkerboard pattern: reading left-right, down: Davies, Gribble, Cartwright, Boarke, Crutchley.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
George Cartwright VC

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World War 1

We'd always assumed that this war was known as the Great War until WW2 came a...

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George Cartwright, VC

Soldier. Born in South Kensington. He emigrated to Australia in 1912, and in ...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
George Cartwright VC

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Department for Communities and Local Government

A department of the government of the UK. From Victoria Cross commemorative p...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Chelsea war monument

Chelsea war monument

From the typefaces one can tell that the two inscriptions were done at differ...

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Julian Gribble VC

Julian Gribble VC

{Beneath a representation of the Victoria Cross medal:} Captain Julian Gribbl...

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Rowland Bourke VC

Rowland Bourke VC

{Beneath a representation of the Victoria Cross medal:} Lieutenant Rowland Bo...

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Vice Admiral Richard Bell Davies VC

Vice Admiral Richard Bell Davies VC

Laid into the ground on the west side of the war memorial. It's off-centre w...

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Victor Crutchley VC

Victor Crutchley VC

{Beneath a representation of the Victoria Cross medal:} Lieutenant Victor Cru...

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