International Troops War Memorial

Overall view of the International Troops War Memorial

Overall view of the International Troops War Memorial

The International Troops War Memorial was commissioned by Leicester City Council working closely with the Leicester International Troops War Memorial committee, to acknowledge the sacrifice made by Leicester and international troops in defending this country.

The memorial is located in Peace Walk in Victoria Park, which provides an attractive year round setting for this new memorial, and is a key site for Remembrance Sunday in Leicester each year.

The memorial consists of two large granite pieces, positioned opposite each other on Peace Walk.  One marks the sacrifice made by all Leicester's people and ends with the Kohima epitaph.  The other acknowledges the contribution by those from the Indian sub-continent, Africa and the Caribbean, and ends with an extract from 'The Gift of India' written by Sarojini Naidu in 1915.

International Troops War Memorial Leicester's People

International Troops War Memorial Leicester's People

In memory of all Leicester's people

and their loved ones from Britain,

the British Commonwealth and other countries

who gave their lives for this land

in World War I, World War II

and other conflicts across the world 

When you go home, tell them of us and say

For your tomorrow, we gave our today

International Troops War Memorial Gift Of India

International Troops War Memorial Gift Of India

In memory of all the people

from the Indian sub-continent,

Africa and the Caribbean

who died in both World Wars defending this land

And your love shall offer memorial thanks

To the comrades who fought in your dauntless ranks

And you honour the deeds of the deathless ones

Remember the blood of thy martyred sons! 

 

From 'The Gift of India': Sarojini Naidu 1915

The memorials were officially unveiled on 29 July 2011 by The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Cllr Robert Wann and Lt Colonel Peter Roffey DL CC, President of the Royal British Legion, Leicestershire and Rutland County.

Further information on the texts and their authors is available in the attached information sheet: click the link at the bottom of this page. The full text of Sarojini Naidu's poem 'The Gift of India' is also available as an attachment: click the link at the bottom of this page.

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