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Staines War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Staines, Surrey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4333 / 51°26'0"N

Longitude: -0.5141 / 0°30'50"W

OS Eastings: 503386

OS Northings: 171529

OS Grid: TQ033715

Mapcode National: GBR 0J.F2H

Mapcode Global: VHFTQ.17KJ

Entry Name: Staines War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440376

Location: Spelthorne, Surrey, TW18

County: Surrey

District: Spelthorne

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Locality: Staines

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Staines

Church of England Diocese: London

Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled on 19 December 1920, with further names added after the Second World War.

Description

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located in the Market Square and it comprises a carved winged figure of Victory holding aloft a torch and a laurel wreath set upon an ornate pedestal with cornices at the top and base and embellished with carved scrolled ornament and other carved motifs. It surmounts a square double plinth with projecting spurs at each corner and, at each, is a figure of a serviceman. The figures are: a soldier in field kit with rifle; sailor in day rig with signal flags; airman in flying rig; and marine in field kit with rifle stand on the arms

The front face of the plinth carries the inscription in black lettering: TO/ OUR GLORIOUS DEAD/ 1914 – 1918/ THIS WAR MEMORIAL IS ERECTED BY/ THE PEOPLE OF STAINES/ IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL HOMAGE TO/ THEIR FELLOW TOWNSMEN/ WHO ENDURED ALL AND GAVE ALL THAT/ HONOUR AND FREEDOM MIGHT PREVAIL/ THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD/ AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD/ AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM/ NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN/ AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN/ AND IN THE MORNING/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. The other plinth faces carry the names of those who fell.

The lower plinth carries the inscription: 1939 1945/ IN MEMORIAM/ TO ALL THOSE KILLED AT/ HOME AND ABROAD/ THROUGH ENEMY ACTION/ THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE. Underneath an inclined tablet lists the names of those who fell in the Second World War.

The plinth is set upon an octagonal two-stepped base.


This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 21 February 2017.

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 Staines as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was unveiled on 19 December 1920 by Brigadier General Earl of Lucan.

Following the Second World War, an inscription dedicated to those who lost their lives in that war was added. The memorial was relocated in 2002 from the memorial gardens to the Market Square and in 2007 War Memorials Trust gave a grant for repairs.

Reasons for Listing

Staines 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 most striking design with an impressive composition of fine carved figures of Victory and four servicemen in uniform and other carved decorative details;
* Group value: with 2 Clarence St, Staines Town Hall, and a pair of K6 Telephone Kiosks, all listed at Grade II, and the Blue Anchor Public House, listed at Grade II*.

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