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Sanderstead War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Sanderstead, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3367 / 51°20'12"N

Longitude: -0.0759 / 0°4'33"W

OS Eastings: 534128

OS Northings: 161496

OS Grid: TQ341614

Mapcode National: GBR HT.PJG

Mapcode Global: VHGRS.MNQM

Entry Name: Sanderstead War Memorial

Location: Croydon, London, CR2

County: London

District: Croydon

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Locality: Sanderstead

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Listing Date: 17 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442738

Summary

War memorial in the form a tall stone cross.

Description

Tall decorated cross of Cornish granite, resting on an octagonal plinth. This bears four bronze plaques, each a rectangle with floral designs in each corner representing the four home nations (the English Tudor rose, Scottish thistle, Irish shamrock and Welsh leek) and at the top Lady Justice. The front plaque bears the inscription: 1914 - 1919 / ALL YE WHO / PASS BY / REMEMBER / WITH / GRATITUDE / THE MEN OF / THIS PLACE / WHO WENT FORTH / TO FIGHT FOR / GOD AND COUNTRY. / THE NAMES / OF THOSE WHO / RETURNED NOT / AGAIN ARE HEREON / INSCRIBED / R.I.P.; the other three plaques bear the names of the Fallen. The in turn rests on a four-step base, the uppermost step bearing bronze plaques with the names of those who fell in the Second World War, including civilians killed in air raids. The memorial lies on a raised, walled limestone dais.

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 in Sanderstead outside All Saints Church as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community.

The memorial was unveiled on 15th May 1920 in a ceremony attended by Air Commodore J B Hearson and it was re-dedicated on 9th November 1947 by the Bishop Suffragan of Croydon. The memorial commemorates 33 regiments in total, and it is unusual in that there are more commissioned officers than other ranks listed as killed, reflecting the social makeup of Sanderstead at this time.

In 2011 two of the copper plaques attached to the memorial were stolen; the church and various local organisations raised £6,240 to have them replaced. New plaques were attached to the memorial in a dedication ceremony held in November 2013.

Reasons for Listing

Sanderstead 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 the local community, and the sacrifices they made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as an imposing and dignified stone cross war memorial;
* Group value: with the Grade I listed All Saints Church.

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