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The Homecoming War Memorial, Hills Road/Station Road

History of the Cambridge City War Memorial

Pevsner notes (Cambridgeshire p. 328): The War Memorial is by the Scottish-Canadian sculptor and physiologist Robert Tait McKenzie, 1920-2, on a plinth designed by G Hubbard & Son and carved by Rattee & Kett.

Dr R T McKenzie developed parallel careers in medicine and sculpture. After WWI he largely withdrew from medicine and it was his involvement in a 1920 exhibition in London that led to the commissioning of the Cambridge memorial. His model was Kenneth Hamilton, an undergraduate at Christ’s College with an impressive athletic physique. he is depicted as a soldier in the Cambridgeshire regiment.


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