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Latitude: 52.2147 / 52°12'52"N
Longitude: -0.4615 / 0°27'41"W
OS Eastings: 505209
OS Northings: 258504
OS Grid: TL052585
Mapcode National: GBR G16.452
Mapcode Global: VHFPV.YLDK
Entry Name: Thurleigh War Memorial
Listing Date: 12 January 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1437345
Location: Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44
Traditional County: Bedfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire
Church of England Parish: Thurleigh
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
First World War memorial, unveiled on 11 September 1921, with further names added after the Second World War.
MATERIALS: Granite wheel cross, marble shield.
DESCRIPTION: Thurleigh war memorial comprises a roughly hewn granite wheel cross, bearing a Sword of Sacrifice in relief at the centre of the wheel cross and down the shaft.
The memorial has a square plinth inscribed on the front face with black painted lead lettering with: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THURLEIGH / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR. 1914 – 1918 / (NAMES). Set at the base of the memorial is an inclined marble shield bearing the inscription: THEY DIED FOR ME, / CHRIST DIED FOR ALL. / R.I.P.
On a side face is inscribed: 1939 – 1945 / (NAME)
The memorial is set on a two-stepped base within an area of paving with a path leading up to it.
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised at Thurleigh as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.
Thurleigh War Memorial was unveiled by Major Cumberlege and dedicated by the vicar, Rev C Hemsley, with the minister of the local Baptist Church, Rev W Lea, reading the lesson, on 11 September 1921. It commemorates 12 local servicemen who fell during the First World War.
Following the Second World War one further name was added commemorating a local serviceman who fell in that conflict.
In 2014 the memorial was cleaned and two stone vases missing from each side of the memorial were also replaced.
Thurleigh War Memorial, unveiled 11 September 1921, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet dignified granite wheel-head cross;
* Group value: with Novel Hotel (Grade II), Church of St Peter (Grade II*) and the scheduled monument of Bury Hill Camp, a motte and bailey castle.
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