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Ewhurst War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ewhurst, Surrey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.153 / 51°9'10"N

Longitude: -0.4417 / 0°26'30"W

OS Eastings: 509078

OS Northings: 140460

OS Grid: TQ090404

Mapcode National: GBR GG0.P4R

Mapcode Global: VHFW3.98BY

Entry Name: Ewhurst War Memorial

Location: Ewhurst, Waverley, Surrey, GU6

County: Surrey

District: Waverley

Parish: Ewhurst

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Listing Date: 10 April 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444722

Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled on 7 November 1920.

Description

War Memorial, unveiled on 7 November 1920.

MATERIALS: Cornish granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a rough hewn Celtic cross upon a tapered plinth and stepped base. An inverted sword of sacrifice is carved into the cross.

The western face of the plinth reads: IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF EWHURST / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918, followed by the beginning of the list of names of the 51 men who perished. The N and S faces also have names listed, as well as the eastern face, where the list ends with the words: THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 6 June 2017.

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 the country. This was a result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and 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 raised at Ewhurst, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial commemorates 51 men of the parish who died during the First World War. The memorial was unveiled on 7 November 1920 by Mr Walter Webb, whose son Captain Evelyn Maxwell Webb is listed on the memorial. The £250 cost of the memorial was raised by contributions from the local community.

Reasons for Listing

Ewhurst War Memorial, which stands in a prominent location on The Mount, 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 community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a simple yet poignant Celtic cross;
* Group value: with a number of listed buildings, including the Grade I-listed Church of St Peter and St Paul and the Grade II-listed Old Post Office.

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