A Göta Life Guards Regimental Presentation Bronze Figure, 1916
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Overall: 54.5cm (21.2in)
Bronze. Standing figure of an officer in the full dress uniform of the Göta Life Guards. The naturalistic base bearing the impressed signature of ‘Alfred Ohlson’. and foundry mark of J.G. Hallberg. Raised on a stepped marble base applied with silver plaque, cast with the crowned arms of the House of Bjelbo and engraved presentation, ‘Minnesgafva / fran / Kungl Gota Lifgardes / Officerskab / Till / P. G. Glimstedt / 1888-1916’.
Major Per Gustaf Glimstedt (1871-1918) was born into a family of lawyers and was commissioned into the Göta Life Guards in 1893. Between 1911 and 1914 he was an instructor to the Persian Gendarmerie then commanded by Colonel Harald Ossian Hjalmarson. On his return to Sweden he was appointed Major in the Life Regiment's grenadiers. In February 1918 he volunteered to go with Hjalmarson to Finland in support of the paramilitary White Guards, composed landowners, professional classes and bourgeoisie, under Baron Carl Gustaf Mannerheim, who were pitched against the Finnish Socialist Workers' Republic (Red Finland) during the country's transition from a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire to an independent state. On 28 February 1918 Glimstedt led a company-strength attack on the Red held town of Heinola, some 135 km north east of Helsinki. Held up by machine gun fire, Glimstedt lost his footing and fell into the icy waters of the Jyrängönvirta. On reaching firm ground, he was attempting to dry his kit on the Jyrängönvirta bridge when he was shot dead, thus becoming the first Swedish officer to be killed during the Finish Civil War. According to newspaper reports, Glmistedt's body was carried off by the Reds, but at the end of the war it was delivered in a solemn convoy via Åland to Sweden and buried at military honours in Stockholm
The sculptor Karl Alfred Ohlson (1868-1940) trained at the Technical School, Stockholm; He worked as sculptor on the Skara Cathedral, and produced a bronze version Sankt Göran and the Dragon for Köpmanbrinken, Stockholm.