The Watford Observer has teamed up with Watford Museum and its curator Sarah Priestley to take a journey back to the town’s past through items or places of historical significance.

The 11th item in ‘a history of Watford in 50 objects' is poignant as we once again prepare to remember the fallen, the Peace Memorial.

Sarah said: "It stands next to the Town Hall and another memorial dedicated to our more recently fallen but originally it stood in front of the Peace Memorial Hospital, now the Peace Hospice. Both are an enduring tribute to the losses of World War One by the people of Watford who had sadly seen their share of loss and grief.

Watford Observer:

A cutting from the West Herts Post on November 26, 1927 unveiling the detail of the memorial

"The Peace Memorial includes three sculpted figures that represent the fallen, the injured and the victorious.

"This is unusual in its own right, as is the style of the figures which were the work of local sculptor Mary Bromet. It’s easy to see the influence of her tutor Auguste Rodin in her work.

"Recently Historic England made our memorial a Grade II* listed monument for its historic and artistic value, but for Watfordians the value is more in remembering our own who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country."

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