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Middlesex Regiment Memorial

This is my favourite photo from our Middlesex Heritage Ambassador, Clifford Batten, another record of his trek across the County on Middlesex Day. Cliff you are an absolute trooper. Thank you from us all.

I also learnt something: this absolutely stunning memorial is in remembrance of both Middlesex the County and the Middlesex Regiment.

Middlesex Guildhall (UK Supreme Court) is Richard Reginald Goulden’s Middlesex County and Middlesex Regiment Memorial. It depicts a bronze figure standing at the entrance to a trench whilst behind him bronze panels form a cross which shows a ruined Cathedral, an airman and a plane and a sailor and a ship. At the top of the cross are the arms of both the Middlesex Regiment and Middlesex County. Below is a wreath and soldier. The inscription reads

“1914 1919 To the glorious memory of the men of Middlesex and the Middlesex Regiment who by service on Land, Sea and in the Air gave their Lives for their Country”

The memorial was unveiled on 20th November 1924 by Lieut General Sir Ivor Maxse

The bronze statue is modelled on a Middlesex soldier, Robert Ryder VC. Ryder was an employee of Middlesex County Council before serving in the 12th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment during the First World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in the attack on Thiepval, France in September 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. Ryder survived the war and died aged 83 years in 1978, and is buried in St Mary’s Church, Harefield, Middlesex.


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