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GWR First World War Memorial by Charles Sargeant Jagger at Paddington Station
This statue stands outside what was the "Queen's Apartment" built for Queen Victoria. The oriel window was the stationmaster's lookout. The rooms stopped being the Royal Waiting Rooms on the death of the Queen but they were still used by Royalty up to start of the Second World War. Jagger served in the First World War and joined up in September 1914 even though only the month previously he was awarded the Prix de Rome a prestigious two-year scholarship in sculpture. To someone of his modest background the financial support provided by this prize would have been important. He served in the infantry and was wounded at Gallipoli and later seriously at Neuve Chapelle in 1918 and awarded the Military Cross. His statues are typically stoical monumental figures, the most famous of his work being the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner which has several figures, including the recumbent figure of a dead soldier covered by a coat, and friezes which show the grim reality of war. Previously war memorials had shown figures in heroic postures. Jagger died unexpectedly of pneumonia in 1934.