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Mortehoe War Memorial in the Churchyard of Church of St Mary Magdalene

A Grade II Listed Building in Mortehoe, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1851 / 51°11'6"N

Longitude: -4.2089 / 4°12'32"W

OS Eastings: 245716

OS Northings: 145191

OS Grid: SS457451

Mapcode National: GBR KJ.5PKQ

Mapcode Global: VH3PV.0G8W

Plus Code: 9C3Q5QPR+2C

Entry Name: Mortehoe War Memorial in the Churchyard of Church of St Mary Magdalene

Listing Date: 20 January 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396428

English Heritage Legacy ID: 508779

Location: Mortehoe, North Devon, Devon, EX34

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Mortehoe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Mortehoe

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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519/0/10010 Mortehoe War Memorial in the churchyar
20-JAN-11 d of Church of St Mary Magdalene

First World War Memorial, erected circa 1920, with Second World War and Korean War additions.


PLAN: It has an octagonal plan.

DESCRIPTION: The memorial takes the form of a small Celtic type wheel-head cross upon a tall and slender octagonal column, which in turn rests upon on a square plinth. Below this is a stepped hexagonal pedestal. The memorial records the names of twenty-six men of Mortehoe who fell in the Great War, eight men who fell in the Second World War and a single soldier of the Korean War. The inscription on the east (front) of the plinth reads: 'IN LOVING / REMEMBRANCE / OF OUR / GALLANT MEN / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 / THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY / THEIR SOULS TO THEIR GOD (NAMES) 1939-1945 / (NAMES) / 1950-53 / (NAME)'; the names of the men who fell in the First World War are carved on the plinth; those of the men who fell in the Second World War and Korean War are carved on the third step of the pedestal.
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 England. The Mortehoe memorial was erected circa 1920 to commemorate those who fell during that war with later inscriptions added to commemorate those who fell in the Second World War and latterly, the Korean War.

United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials Reference No.25658
http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/conMemorial.25658/fromUkniwmSearch/1, accessed 23 August 2010.

The war memorial at Mortehoe is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Social interest: it is an eloquent witness to the impact of tragic world events on this community
* Architectural interest: it is an elegantly designed stone cross that reflects its historic setting
* Historic interest: it has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context
* Group value: it has strong group value with the Grade I Church of St Mary Magdalene and the Grade II lych-gate

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 8 December 2016.

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