Field Marshall Viscount Gough
Originally Dublin, Ireland. Re-erected Northumberland, United Kingdom.
Dates of incidents: 12/24/1944, 11/1956, 07/03/1957

A bronze, equestrian statue of Field Marshall Viscount Gough ('Hammer of the Sikhs') was unveiled on February 22, 1880, in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. The statue was vandalized on numerous occasions because it was seen as a symbolic celebration of the British empire. On December 24, 1944 the statue of Gough was beheaded and his sword removed. Following that in November 1956, the right hind leg of the horse was destroyed with explosives. On July 3, 1957, the entire statue was dynamited off of its base by the I.R.A. The empty base of the sculpture remained in Phoenix Park and the statue was stored at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham until August 1986, when it was sold to Robert Guinness on the condition that it left Ireland. In 1990, it was restored by a distant relative of Gough and re-erected at Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, close to the border between England and Scotland.