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Latitude: 52.0681 / 52°4'5"N
Longitude: -0.7746 / 0°46'28"W
OS Eastings: 484092
OS Northings: 241794
OS Grid: SP840417
Mapcode National: GBR CZW.8Z7
Mapcode Global: VHDT0.J8BX
Entry Name: New Bradwell War Memorial
Listing Date: 10 February 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1441007
Location: Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, MK14
County: Milton Keynes
Traditional County: Buckinghamshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire
Church of England Parish: Stantonbury and Willen
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
First World War memorial, unveiled on 7 May 1920, with further names added after the Second World War.
MATERIALS: Portland stone.
DESCRIPTION: New Bradwell War Memorial is located within New Bradwell Cemetery. It consists of a sculpture of a Private of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. The figure is standing to attention with a rifle at his side. He stands on three steps which rise from a square plinth with and entablature embellished with carved decorative details. The plinth is set upon a three-stepped base.
The inscriptions are in lead lettering and the main dedication reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN/ OF THE PARISH OF BRADWELL/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES). The rear is inscribed with the names of the fallen from the Second World War preceded by 1939 – 1945. One side of the plinth is incised OUR GLORIOUS DEAD. The final face reads FOR COUNTRY. The first step of the base has a note about the erection of the memorial TO FULFIL THE PROMISE OF PRIVATE/ ROBERT KYLIE JP. CA./ THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY HIS FAMILY.
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 New Bradwell Cemetery 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 87 local servicemen who died during the First World War. The memorial was erected by the family of the late Alderman, Private Robert Kylie JP CA in accordance with his wishes and bequeathed to New Bradwell. It was created by mason Mr McArthur Gurney and unveiled on 7 May 1920 by W W Carlile OBE DL.
Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the 15 fallen of that conflict.
New Bradwell 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: an impressive composition with finely carved stonework and figurative sculpture displaying a high level of craftsmanship and good quality materials;
* Designer: by mason Mr McArthur Gurney.
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