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At the crossroads of Hills Road and Station Road in Cambridge stands the Cambridge War Memorial. It shows a soldier striding in the direction of the town whilst looking back towards the station. Titled ‘The Homecoming’, the statue was designed to represent victory and to honour all of the Cambridgeshire men who had served in the war.

 

War memorial on Hills Road, Cambridge

The statue was unveiled to the public at 3pm on Monday 3 July 1922 by Duke of York, who was visiting Cambridge for an agricultural show. The Memorial is the work of the Canadian sculptor Dr Robert Tait Mackenzie, who was also responsible for the Scots American War Memorial in Edinburgh. Tait Mackenzie was recommended for the project by Arthur Shipley, who was also Vice Chancellor of the University at the time as well as being Master of Christ’s. While staying with Shipley at Christ’s College, Tait spotted an undergraduate called Kenneth Hamilton and, impressed by his looks, used him as the model for the Cambridge War Memorial.

Hamilton, who matriculated in 1919, took his BA in 1922 and his MA in 1928, went onto become an adjutant for the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps (C.U.O.T.C).

 

Further Reading

The Homecoming: The War Memorial Movement in Cambridge, England Author(s): K. S. Inglis Source: Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Oct., 1992), pp. 583-605

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