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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
Traditional County: Gloucestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire
Listing Date: 5 December 2016
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1439997
First World War memorial, designed by Sidney Gambier-Parry with further names added after the Second World War.
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.
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.
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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