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Latitude: 51.56 / 51°33'35"N
Longitude: 0.7158 / 0°42'56"E
OS Eastings: 588347
OS Northings: 188060
OS Grid: TQ883880
Mapcode National: GBR Y9N.HG
Mapcode Global: VHKHM.C18Y
Entry Name: Sutton Road Cemetery War Memorial
Location: Southend-on-Sea, SS2
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Locality: St. Luke's
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Listing Date: 6 April 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1444573
First World War memorial. Erected between 1920 and 1939, moved and re-dedicated 1998. Architect unknown.
First World War memorial. Erected between 1920 and 1939, moved and re-dedicated in 1998. Architect unknown.
MATERIALS: carved from limestone.
DESCRIPTION: it consists of a limestone hooded Calvary cross on top of a slender tapering hexagonal shaft. The shaft rises from a square plinth on a two stepped base. The plinth of the memorial is incised with the name of the fallen, although the names are heavily eroded. Angled plaques repeating the inscriptions have been placed at the foot of the memorial. The rededication inscription reads: WE CANNOT TRULY VALUE PEACE UNLESS / WE REMEMBER THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID / AS A SYMBOL OF THAT COST THIS 1914 - 1918 WAR MEMORIAL / FROM THE PARISH OF ST ERKENWALDS IS REDEDICATED / HERE IN COMMEMORATIVE MEMORY OF THE PEOPLE OF / SOUTHEND-ON-SEA WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN BOTH / GREAT WORLD WARS AND SUBSEQUENT CONFLICTS.
The aftermath of the First World War saw an unprecedented wave of public commemoration with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected in the grounds of St Erkenwald’s Church, between 1920 and 1939.
The memorial was moved from its original location at St Erkenwald's to Sutton Road Cemetery as the church was due for demolition. It was re-dedicated at its new site in May 1998.
Sutton Road Cemetery War Memorial, which stands in Sutton Road Cemetery, 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 it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: a hooded Calvary atop a hexagonal shaft.
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