War Memorial, Streatham Common, by Albert Toft

War Memorial

Albert Toft (1862-1949)

Bronze figure; stone plinth

Designed 1921; unveiled 1922

Garden of Remembrance, Streatham Common North, London SW16

Toft's contemplative infantryman, head bowed in mourning for fallen comrades, and hands resting on his downturned rifle, is particularly moving. The same statue appears on several other war memorials — at Stone in Staffordshire, Leamington in Warwickshire, and Thornton Cleveleys in Lancashire (Bloice 6).

  • Close-up of soldier
  • Detail of profile
  • Similar work in Leamington Spa
  • Photograph and text (2011) by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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