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Latitude: 51.3698 / 51°22'11"N
Longitude: -1.5476 / 1°32'51"W
OS Eastings: 431588
OS Northings: 163514
OS Grid: SU315635
Mapcode National: GBR 5ZD.5JS
Mapcode Global: VHC1Z.4T6S
Entry Name: Shalbourne War Memorial
Location: Shalbourne, Wiltshire, SN8
Traditional County: Berkshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Listing Date: 6 December 2016
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1440875
First World War memorial with further names added after the Second World War.
The memorial is located within the churchyard of St Michael and All Angels Church, and it comprises a wheel-head cross surmounting a tapered shaft with a carved collar set on an octagonal plinth. This is set upon an octagonal four-stepped base.
The inscription on the plinth reads: THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918 (NAMES). The inscription 1939 – 1945 (NAMES) has been added.
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, 27 February 2017.
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 Shalbourne as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.
Following the Second World War, the names of those who lost their lives in that war were also added.
Shalbourne 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 elegant wheel-head cross;
* Group value: with the Church of St Michael and All Angels (Grade II*) and tombs in the churchyard (Grade II).
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