ONE of the city’s memorials to Gloucestershire First World War heroes is to be given a spruce up to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.
The tribute to the Gloucestershire Hussars, on College Green outside Gloucester Cathedral, is to be professionally cleaned in time for its Great War commemorative service on August 3.
Stonemasons will tend to the structure of the memorial, while contract cleaners will spruce up the bronze plaques.
The £2,000 work is being paid for jointly by Gloucester Cathedral and the Gloucestershire Hussars Regimental Trust and should last several months.
Lieutenant Colonel Rollo Clifford, of the Gloucestershire Hussars, whose grandfather is one of the 228 names on the memorial, said: “We’re delighted that it is going to be cleaned before the commemoration, as the memorial has become a spiritual home for us and the names are still remembered by families in Gloucester.
“We’re very grateful to the Cathedral for its help because the memorial is a very important part of the community.”
The plaques on the monument commemorate the Gloucestershire Hussars who lost their lives in battles in Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine and Syria between 1915 and 1918.
Weathering has helped to deteriorate the stone and bronze work on the memorial, which has stood since 1922.
Colonel Mike Bennett, who is a member of the World War One Advisory Committee and helped to coordinate the work, said: “It’s important that the work is done before the commemoration in August because the memorial depicts a piece of heritage which is unique to Gloucestershire.
“I would like to pay tribute to Gloucester Cathedral for its assistance to the regiment in carrying out the work.”
Pascal Mychalysin, master mason at Gloucester Cathedral, said: “The memorial commemorates a major event in the lives not only of the people of Gloucester, but the whole of Europe, so it was vital that we were able to contribute to the work.”