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Latitude: 51.4469 / 51°26'48"N
Longitude: -0.3013 / 0°18'4"W
OS Eastings: 518142
OS Northings: 173358
OS Grid: TQ181733
Mapcode National: GBR 81.LPY
Mapcode Global: VHGR2.QWKP
Entry Name: Petersham War Memorial
Listing Date: 27 February 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1443722
Location: Richmond upon Thames, London, TW10
District: Richmond upon Thames
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Locality: Ham, Petersham and Richmond Riverside
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: Petersham St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Southwark
First World War memorial, unveiled 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.
MATERIALS: granite memorial cross.
DESCRIPTION: Petersham War Memorial is located within the churchyard of the Parish Church of St Peter (Grade II*-listed). The memorial consists of a tall plain granite Latin cross standing on a plinth, square on plan. The principal dedication is incised on one face of the plinth, reading TO GOD ALONE/ BE THE PRAISE/ IN GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THOSE WHO FELL IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 1919 1939 1945/ THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE. The commemorated names are recorded on the plinth’s other faces.
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 the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also 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 unveiled at Petersham on 26 September 1920 as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 16 members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War. Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate eight who died that conflict, of whom two were civilians, a husband and wife who were serving as ARP Wardens.
In 2014 the memorial was conserved with the help of War Memorials Trust.
Petersham War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Peter, 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 local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet poignant memorial cross;
* Group value: with the Parish Church of St Peter (Grade II*) and numerous churchyard monuments listed at Grade II.
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