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Awsworth War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Awsworth, Nottinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9919 / 52°59'30"N

Longitude: -1.2828 / 1°16'58"W

OS Eastings: 448236

OS Northings: 344086

OS Grid: SK482440

Mapcode National: GBR 7FP.DHK

Mapcode Global: WHDGQ.82C4

Entry Name: Awsworth War Memorial

Location: Awsworth, Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, NG16

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Broxtowe

Parish: Awsworth

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Listing Date: 21 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1443591

Summary

First World War Memorial.

Description

First World War Memorial, erected 1920.

MATERIALS: limestone.

PLAN: the memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Peter (unlisted).

EXTERIOR: the memorial is in the form of an obelisk mounted on a square plinth with a crossed rifle and sword on a wreath and cap carved in relief on the front face. This is supported by a square two-tier base which rests upon a square two-tier platform. On the front face of the plinth and base is inscribed: ERECTED BY/ THE PARISHIONERS OF/ AWSWORTH/ IN/ PROUD, GRATEFUL, AND HONOURED/ MEMORY OF/ AWSWORTH MEN,/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR GOD, KING AND COUNTRY IN/ THE GREAT WAR,/ 1914 - 1919/ "THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE". The other three faces of the plinth are inscribed with the names of the fallen from both World Wars.

History

The concept of commemorating war dead did not develop to any great extent until towards the end of the 19th century. Prior to then memorials were rare and were mainly dedicated to individual officers, or sometimes regiments. The first large-scale erection of war memorials dedicated to the ordinary soldier followed the Second Boer War of 1899-1902, which was the first major war following reforms to the British Army which led to regiments being recruited from local communities and with volunteer soldiers. However, it was the aftermath of the First World War that was the great age of memorial building, 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.

The war memorial in Cossall commemorates the fallen from the First and Second World Wars. It was paid for by public subscription and was erected in the churchyard in 1920. The memorial was unveiled by Lt Col Terry, the son of the Rev Michael Terry, a former vicar of St Peter's.

Reasons for Listing

Awsworth War Memorial is recommended for listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: it is 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;

* Architectural interest: it is a well-detailed war memorial in the form of an obelisk.

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