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Greenford War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Greenford Broadway, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5286 / 51°31'42"N

Longitude: -0.3554 / 0°21'19"W

OS Eastings: 514181

OS Northings: 182358

OS Grid: TQ141823

Mapcode National: GBR 5C.K26

Mapcode Global: VHFT6.SVH1

Entry Name: Greenford War Memorial

Listing Date: 10 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441331

Location: Ealing, London, UB6

County: London

District: Ealing

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Locality: Greenford Broadway

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Greenford Magna Holy Cross

Church of England Diocese: London

Summary

First World War memorial, designed by A J Campbell-Cooper and unveiled on 12 June 1921.

Description

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is situated on a green at the junction of The Broadway, Ruislip Road and Oldfield Lane South, and it comprises a cross with a circular face in which is a small cross encircled by a laurel wreath carved in relief. The cross surmounts a shaft set on a three-stepped base.

The inscription reads: 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES)/ YE WHO LIVE ON MID ENGLISH PASTURES GREEN/ REMEMBER US, AND THINK WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. The other three sides of the steps carry the names.

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

In early 1920 a memorial fund committee was formed with 47 members as £150 was needed to pay for the memorial. Councillor Alfred Cooper made the decision about having a cross and it was designed by A J Campbell-Cooper JP and built by F J Pushman of Hanwell.

The memorial was unveiled on 12 June 1921 by Fane de Salis, chairman of the Middlesex County Council.

Reasons for Listing

Greenford 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 elegant and striking memorial cross in Portland stone.

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