P R O F I L E
Old Castletown Road
Isle of Man
Braddan is an elongated parish in the centre of the Isle of Man. The National Inventory of War Memorials at the Imperial War Museum records the presence of a Russian gun mounted on a three-stepped base ref. 28312, this gun has an inscription as follows:
'Inkermann Erected by public subscription in memory of Brigadier-General Thomas Leigh Goldier of the Nunnery Lieutenant Colonel of H.M. 57th Regiment he commanded a Brigade of the British Army in the Crimea and fell in the battle of Inkerman Nov 5th MDCCCLIV in the 47th year of his age post funera virtus.'
A newspaper article in the Mona's Herald dated 11 Aug 1858 states that at the time of the memorial's construction, the Lieutenant Governor applied to the Secretary at War for one of the guns captured from the enemy at the Battle of Inkermann, in order that the gun might be placed at the foot of the monument in the Grounds of the Nunnery. A Russian gun was subsequently presented by Secretary Major General Peel. The Secretary also agreed that, for the sum of thirty pounds, he would authorise the construction of a gun carriage at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, in exact similarity to the Russian gun carriages employed in the late war.
Apparently the memorial was originally an obelisk with a freestanding gun on its original carriage in front. The obelisk and carriage have now been removed and the gun barrel is mounted on the plinth of the monument.
Access on Foot
City Centre, Park or Garden, Urban
THE FEATURES PRESENT
Crimean Cannon Location, past or present