FOR 44 years ‘The Goddess of Victory’ stood at the top of Horndean war memorial as a poignant symbol of the First World War and the price paid for freedom.
But a freak incident in 1964, when a car crashed into the memorial, led to the spectacular statue being deemed unsafe and replaced with a lamp.
Now, after a 50-year absence, the goddess is set to return.
Horndean Parish Council is commissioning a new statue – the exact replica of the original – to be made out of Portland Stone.
Sara Schillemore, a councillor for Horndean, said: ‘It’s long been an ambition of the parish.
‘People have always felt the lamp was a fairly poor substitute to the Goddess of Victory which originally adorned the memorial.
‘I think it’s lovely. Her right arm is rising towards the east pointing to a new dawn of peace. It’s pretty dramatic.’
The council dallied with the idea of re-naming her the ‘Goddess of Peace’ but the War Memorial Trust states memorials must be restored in their original form.
The memorial was dedicated on July 21, 1920 and was unveiled by Lady Drury-Lowe.
Some 115 names of servicemen from Horndean who died in service are now recorded on the memorial.
Monies were originally raised by public subscription and the council is hoping local businesses and residents give whatever they can afford to support the reinstatement.
Cllr Schillemore is busy applying for grants.
She hopes to have the unveiling during the summer to tie in with the anniversary of the start of the First World War.
The council is hoping to get as many businesses and residents behind the project. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (023) 9259 7766.