This memorial to Sir Arthur Wellesley Torrens (1809-1855) was raised by his widow Maria Jane, daughter of General John Murray. Torrens, who was the son of Maj. Gen. Sir Henry Torrens and godson of the Duke of Wellington, distinguished himself in the Crimea before being shot through the body at the Battle of Inkerman. He was invalided home. He received the medal and clasp, the thanks of Parliament, and was promoted Major General for distinguished service in the field on 12 Dec.1854. He went on to become Deputy Quartermaster General, and was sent to Paris as British Military Commissioner, but died there, enfeebled by his wound, on 24 August 1855. He was buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, a number of French officers, including Marshals Vaillant and Magnan attending his funeral, at which an oration was delivered by the Comte de Noe.
On 3rd March 1855, the Times published a letter referring to a recent debate in the House of Lords, and complaining about the fuss which was being made about the Earl of Cardigan, and the recompense which his courage was thought to have earned him. The correspondent asked "why on earth should Lord Cardigan claim more merit for his gallantry at Balaklava than Brown deserved at Alma or Torrens at Inkerman". Following a campaign to increase Lady Torrens's pension, in March 1856 she was finally awarded the full £400 per annum (Times, 15 March 1856).