Models in plasticine

A Reading church wanted to be quite sure its war memorial was unique.

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

Meetings of the Council were held on Mondays, June 23rd and July 21st… At the July meeting the vicar reported on behalf of the War Memorials Committee that members of the Committee had met Mr Marion of University College, sculptor, in both churches, and considered designs submitted by him. In drawing up these designs Mr Marion had been informed by his strong feeling that these memorials, both as to their character and the position they should occupy, ought to be quite distinct from any other memorials already existing in the churches or likely to be placed there in days to come. The Committee felt that he had achieved this aim with conspicuous success and that his designs were both original and beautiful. The vicar displayed to the Council models carried out in plasticine of what was proposed. These were carefully examined by the Council, and, after some discussion, cordially approved. The Committee now proposes to ask Mr Marion to make fullsized models and to submit estimates of cost which will probably be about £125 for each memorial. They hope to be able to publish photographs of the designs shortly and to issue an appeal for the necessary funds.

Reading St. John parish magazine, August 1919 (D/P172/28A/24)

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