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Latitude: 52.5912 / 52°35'28"N
Longitude: 0.5079 / 0°30'28"E
OS Eastings: 569982
OS Northings: 302216
OS Grid: TF699022
Mapcode National: GBR P74.H7D
Mapcode Global: WHKR5.S42C
Entry Name: Boughton War Memorial
Listing Date: 15 February 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1442166
Location: Boughton, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE33
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
Church of England Parish: Boughton All Saints
Church of England Diocese: Ely
First World War memorial, c.1920.
Boughton War Memorial is located in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Church Lane, Boughton, Norfolk. It is prominently situated by the church tower. It comprises a stone Latin cross atop a four-sided collared shaft with chamfered corners. This meets with a moulded, square-section plinth atop a single stone step base.
The inscription reads: (Left face) IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ THIS CROSS IS HUMBLY DEDICATED/ BY THE INHABITANTS OF THE VILLAGE/ (Right face) AND THEY SHALL BE MINE/ SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS/ IN THAT DAY WHEN/ I MAKE UP MY JEWELS/ MALACHI V3 CH17/ (Reverse) 1914 – 1918.
Apart from the dates and the names, the rest of the inscription has been replaced by inserted marble slabs.
This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 20 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.
Boughton, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected, c.1920. The memorial commemorates five local servicemen who fell in the First World War.
In 2009, the memorial was cleaned and replacement panels were inserted into two sides of the plinth.
Boughton War Memorial, which is situated in All Saints Churchyard, 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 sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as an elegant and dignified Latin cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed Church of All Saints.