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).
Photograph and text (2011) by Jacqueline Banerjee.
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