Yesterday’s post I did about the Port Elizabeth Cenotaph wasn’t the first featuring this great memorial. A little while ago I received a comment on a previous post featuring the Cenotaph from Andy Gardner in Durban. Andy’s father was James Gardner who designed the memorial and also did the sculptures which are part of it. On two sides of the memorial are sculptures, one representing a mother and child and the other St George, placed so for the purpose of symmetry. The woman symbolises the warrior’s wife protecting the home while St George represents those who have done their duty by crushing the evil threatening our homes. The mother is seated and has gathered the child in her arms for protection, whilst on her face the expression is of the calm.
In his comment Andy said that that the woman was his Grandmother, Doris Gardner, while the boy is his father Frank (the artists himself) and the baby girl his Aunt Bubbles. There is no way I would have known something like that if it wasn’t for this blog and the readers sending me this kind of information.