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Winslow War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Winslow, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.942 / 51°56'31"N

Longitude: -0.8815 / 0°52'53"W

OS Eastings: 476979

OS Northings: 227650

OS Grid: SP769276

Mapcode National: GBR BZY.CXL

Mapcode Global: VHDTJ.NGT2

Entry Name: Winslow War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 January 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441812

Location: Winslow, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, MK18

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Parish: Winslow

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Winslow

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled on 7 November 1920, with later additions for the Second World War, Malayan Emergency and Falklands Conflict.

Description

War Memorial, unveiled in 1920.

MATERIALS: Mansfield stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a Gothic cross with an octagonal column and plinth on a three-stepped base, standing approximately 12ft high.

The panel on the plinth bears the following; TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF WINSLOW WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES IN TWO WORLD WARS/ 1914-1918, beneath which appear the names of the 50 fallen from the First World War, followed by 1939-1945 and the names of the 13 fallen from the Second World War.

A smaller second panel is located beneath, which bears the following; AND IN THE CAMPAIGNS/ 1951 MALAYSIA followed by a solitary name, with 1982 FALKLANDS below also followed by a solitary 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. This was a result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and the official policy of not repatriating the dead. Therefore, the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Winslow, 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 designed by Mr B Sanderson and erected by Messrs Wise and Son of Winslow. The memorial was unveiled on 7 November 1920 by Mrs T F Vaisey.

The memorial commemorates 50 men of the parish who died during the First World War. Following the Second World War, a further 13 names were added. A second plaque was added to commemorate two individuals who died during the Malayan Emergency and Falklands Conflict, respectively.

Reasons for Listing

Winslow War Memorial, which stands in a prominent location on Winslow High Street, 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;
* Design: as a simple yet poignant Gothic cross;
* Group value: with a number of listed buildings, including the Church of St Laurence, listed at Grade II*.

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