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Rowberrow War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Shipham, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3239 / 51°19'26"N

Longitude: -2.7915 / 2°47'29"W

OS Eastings: 344944

OS Northings: 158612

OS Grid: ST449586

Mapcode National: GBR JG.WVZ2

Mapcode Global: VH7CN.KZMG

Entry Name: Rowberrow War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1443671

Location: Shipham, Sedgemoor, Somerset, BS25

County: Somerset

District: Sedgemoor

Parish: Shipham

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Summary

War memorial, erected in circa 1920.

Description

War memorial, erected in circa 1920.

MATERIALS: constructed of Draycott stone.

DESCRIPTION: located to the south of the Church of St Michael and All Angels (Grade II*), the war memorial comprises a Latin cross with a bronze long sword attached to its west face. The base of the shaft is spayed and is mounted on a two-stepped base, with a two-stepped plinth beneath. To the west face of the upper step of the plinth, which is of two courses, is a stone plaque with the inscription:TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE MEMORY OF / CAPT R J R LEACROFT M C, THE OFFICERS AND MEN / OF PRINCE ALBERT’S SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY 1914 – 1918 / ALSO IN 1939 – 1945 LIEUT COMDR A H BROWN / LET THOSE THAT COME AFTER SEE TO IT THAT / THE NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN

The whole sits on a square platform.

History

The great age of memorial building was in the aftermath of the First World War with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. Rowberrow War Memorial, located in the churchyard of the Church of St Michael and All Angels (Grade II*), commemorates the men of the Somerset Light Infantry who were killed during the First World War, and in particular Captain R J R Leacroft, of Rowberrow Manor, who died in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. There are two further memorials to Leacroft in the church. The memorial also commemorates Lieut-Commander Anthony Holland Brown who died on the 10 September 1943 and is remembered with honour on Plymouth Naval War Memorial (Grade I).

Reasons for Listing

Rowberrow War Memorial, in the churchyard of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, is listed at Grade II for the following 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;
* Architectural interest: an accomplished and well-executed war memorial which takes the form of a Latin cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II* Church of St Michael and All Angels.

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