LETTERS: I think I know where the missing Crimean Memorial piece is

Picture shows the statue in the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, in memory of those who fell inthe Crimea.'The statue was paid for by public subscription in 1863.  Recently vandals broke off one of the hands, but yesterday, 23 March 1982, the hand was put back by workmen.
Picture shows the statue in the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, in memory of those who fell inthe Crimea.'The statue was paid for by public subscription in 1863. Recently vandals broke off one of the hands, but yesterday, 23 March 1982, the hand was put back by workmen.
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Valerie Bayliss asked on The Star letters page of September 30 if any former council employees could help locate the whereabouts of certain parts of the old Crimean War memorial.

Iused to work for the council at various depots and I may be able to help with this.

I remember a huge stone statue in many separate pieces being brought in to the Staniforth Road depot in Darnall for safe-keeping around 2004.

This is where the council community minibuses operate from but it is also a storage depot for various items.

The statue was a huge assortment of shapes.

A couple of the items that I vividly remember are one of a large head with a sort of crown on it,and the other a massive bronze sword about six to eight feet long.

When the statue was erected the sword was held in the hand in an upright position. I remember it being so heavy that none of us could lift it on our own.

I don’t know if this is the Crimean War monument that you are looking for but I hope it may be of interest to you.

P Hickey

Sheffield

n The Star has requested to see the memorial in storage.

Watch this space to see if you are right.