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South Warnborough War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in South Warnborough, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2208 / 51°13'14"N

Longitude: -0.9675 / 0°58'2"W

OS Eastings: 472203

OS Northings: 147350

OS Grid: SU722473

Mapcode National: GBR C8K.G6M

Mapcode Global: VHDXZ.5LW0

Entry Name: South Warnborough War Memorial

Location: South Warnborough, Hart, Hampshire, RG29

County: Hampshire

District: Hart

Parish: South Warnborough

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Listing Date: 6 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439520

Summary

First World War memorial, 1920, with Second World War additions.

Description

South Warnborough War Memorial stands on a green area off Alton Road in the village centre. It consists of a stone Latin cross on a tapering octagonal shaft with a carved collar set upon a square two-tiered plinth. The plinth is set upon a stone base with decorative flint panels.

The inscription is incised into the plinth and reads: A.D. 1914 – 1918/ IN MEMORY OF/ OUR GLORIOUS DEAD. The dates 1939 – 1945 were added later. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the base.

History

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 South Warnborough in 1920 as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. It commemorates 15 local servicemen who died during the First World War. 

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the two fallen of that conflict. 

In 1999 the memorial was conserved and in 2012 the access was improved. Both of these projects were undertaken with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

South Warnborough  War Memorial 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 striking Latin cross with fine lettering and decorative base.

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