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Quedgeley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Quedgeley, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8255 / 51°49'31"N

Longitude: -2.2808 / 2°16'50"W

OS Eastings: 380742

OS Northings: 214139

OS Grid: SO807141

Mapcode National: GBR 0K6.D64

Mapcode Global: VH94J.FC2W

Entry Name: Quedgeley War Memorial

Location: Quedgeley, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2

County: Gloucestershire

District: Gloucester

Parish: Quedgeley

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Listing Date: 5 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439997

Summary

First World War memorial, designed by Sidney Gambier-Parry with further names added after the Second World War.

Description

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: Quedgeley War Memorial is located inside the S gate of St James’ churchyard. It consist of a hooded Calvary cross on a tapering octagonal shaft. The shaft is set upon a chamfered square plinth on a four-stepped square base.

The front face of the plinth is inscribed: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ “GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS/ THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS/ FRIENDS.” ST JOHN XV.V.13. The rear face of the plinth reads “PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD/ IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS.”/ PS.116.15.V.

The front face of the steps are incised with the names of the fallen from the First World War.

The side face of the top step carries a later dedication to the fallen of the Second World War: ALSO IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN/ THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939 – 1945. The names of the fallen are listed on the side face of the second step.

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 Quedgeley as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It commemorates 18 local servicemen who died during the First World War. The memorial was designed by Sidney Gambier-Parry (1859-1948), a native of Gloucestershire. He came from a prominent family with a focus on military service and the arts. His career spanned more than five decades, with churches frequently among his commissions, particularly those in Gloucestershire.

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

Reasons for Listing

Quedgeley 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 well-executed Portland stone Calvary cross;
* Designer: by the noteworthy architect Sidney Gambier-Parry;
* Group value: with the Church of St James (Grade II*) and tombs in the churchyard (Grade II).

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