Elsie March

Elsie March

Birth
Kingston upon Hull, Kingston upon Hull Unitary Authority, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death 1974 (aged 89–90)
Kent, England
Burial Farnborough, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Plot Map number 3/4, Location F4
Memorial ID 87133637 · View Source
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Sculptor. Elsie March, daughter of George Henry March and his wife Elizabeth Blenkin Marsh, was born on October 3, 1884 in Hull, East Yorkshire, England. The seventh of nine children, all but one of her siblings were artists. She and her brothers established studios at Goddendene, the family home in Farnborough, Kent, England. One of her most famous projects was the National War Memorial of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. After the untimely death of her brother Vernon March in 1930 due to pneumonia, Elsie and her brother Sydney March, as the two remaining sculptors in the family, assumed the lead in completing the bronze figures of the monument with their brothers. The twenty-two bronzes for the monument were displayed in London's Hyde Park and later transported to Canada. The National War Memorial of Canada was unveiled by King George VI on May 21, 1939 during a ceremony with an estimated audience of 100,000. Some of the commissions that Elsie received included a large statue of Sir Winston Churchill, displayed at the Bromley Library, a 1920 bust of Beethoven, and a 1936 bust of Lawrence of Arabia. She exhibited two pieces at The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition in 1919. In addition, she exhibited seven times at the annual Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts. She also won a prize in 1943, the Lady Feodora Gleichen Fund, for her statuette "Mother and Child." In 1924, a black and white, silent movie of Elsie and her brothers at work in their studios at Goddendene was filmed. Her brother Sydney sculpted the bronze "Fallen Angel" monument that marks the family graves in Farnborough. Elsie's ashes were buried in the family plot on June 7, 1974. Elsie was the last surviving of the nine March siblings.


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  • Created by: Anne Philbrick
  • Added: 21 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 87133637
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elsie March (3 Oct 1884–1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 87133637, citing St Giles the Abbot Churchyard, Farnborough, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Anne Philbrick (contributor 47168361) .