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Gedney Dyke War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Gedney, Lincolnshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8134 / 52°48'48"N

Longitude: 0.0931 / 0°5'35"E

OS Eastings: 541167

OS Northings: 326037

OS Grid: TF411260

Mapcode National: GBR KZX.LC4

Mapcode Global: WHJNP.DKL1

Entry Name: Gedney Dyke War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440858

Location: Gedney, South Holland, Lincolnshire, PE12

County: Lincolnshire

District: South Holland

Civil Parish: Gedney

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Gedney St Mary Magdelene

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

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Summary

First World War memorial, by Charles Warrick, unveiled on 4 April 1920, with one name added after the Second World War.

Description

First World War memorial, by Charles Warrick, unveiled on 4 April 1920.

MATERIALS: polished Aberdeen granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a circa 2.8m high obelisk set on a square three-stage plinth upon a single-stepped base.

In incised black letters on the S face of the plinth the inscription reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED/ BY THE INHABITANTS OF/ GEDNEY DYKE AND FRIENDS/ IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF/ THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR/ THEIR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN/ THIS, THAT A MAN SHOULD LAY DOWN/ HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY.

The W and E faces are inscribed with the names of those who lost their lives in the First World War with the name of one who fell in the Second World War inscribed on the N face with the dates 1939 – 1945/ (NAME).

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

To honour the fallen of Gedney, a tablet was unveiled and dedicated in St Mary Magdalene Church on Wednesday 6 October 1920. The residents of Gedney Dyke also chose to erect a war memorial for their own community, where almost 60 had enlisted during the war and nine had died. Fundraising activities were organised to meet the cost of £200 and the memorial was built by Charles Warrick, stone and marble mason of Market Street, Long Sutton. The memorial was unveiled on Easter Sunday afternoon 4 April 1920 and dedicated by the Revd Richard Lawson Gales, vicar of Gedney.

Following the Second World War, the name of one who fell in that conflict was also added.

Reasons for Listing

Gedney Dyke 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 the local community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a tall striking obelisk in polished Aberdeen granite;
* Designer: by Charles Warrick, a local mason.

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