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The Brookwood Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Woking, Surrey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3003 / 51°18'0"N

Longitude: -0.6409 / 0°38'27"W

OS Eastings: 494844

OS Northings: 156560

OS Grid: SU948565

Mapcode National: GBR FBP.DS9

Mapcode Global: VHFV6.VL02

Plus Code: 9C3X8925+4J

Entry Name: The Brookwood Memorial

Listing Date: 23 July 2004

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1391047

English Heritage Legacy ID: 492735

Location: Woking, Surrey, GU24

County: Surrey

Electoral Ward/Division: Pirbright

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Woking St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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Description

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GV II
War memorial. 1958, probably by Sir Edwin Maufe. Portland stone, slate inscription panels. The memorial comprises an open circular structure. The outer ring, raised up on a dwarf wall with clipped hedge behind, is carried on slender piers with rounded ends, each side of which carries inscription panels. These carry an entablature, behind which is a taller wall pierced with rectangular openings. In the centre is a round grass lawn. Opposite the principal steps is a screen of masonry, carrying an inscription to the 3,500 men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth, 'to whom fortune and war denied a known and honoured grave'.
HISTORY: this memorial to missing servicemen and women was inaugurated following a service attended by HM the Queen on 25 October 1958. It forms one of a sequence of distinguished military memorials at Brookwood from the First and Second World Wars: no other cemetery in Britain has such a collection. The persons commemorated include Violette Szabo GC, the Special Operations Executive agent who was executed at Ravensbruck concentration camp in 1945. Maufe (who was knighted for his services as architect to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in 1954) was architect of the memorial at Runnymede to missing airmen of the RAF, of 1953; his chapel at Brookwood was built in 1947. This memorial is listed for its historic interest; for its architectural quality; and for its important visual role in this outstanding landscape of military commemoration.


This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 6 December 2016.

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