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Bempton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.1307 / 54°7'50"N

Longitude: -0.1789 / 0°10'44"W

OS Eastings: 519091

OS Northings: 472066

OS Grid: TA190720

Mapcode National: GBR WN6P.21

Mapcode Global: WHHF1.7F1Q

Plus Code: 9C6X4RJC+7C

Entry Name: Bempton War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 November 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1430548

Also known as: Bempton and Buckton War Memorial

ID on this website: 101430548

Location: St Michael's Church, Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Bempton

Built-Up Area: Bempton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Bempton St Michael

Church of England Diocese: York

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First World War memorial, 1920, with additions for later conflicts.


The war memorial stands prominently within the churchyard of the Grade II*-listed church of St Michael. It comprises a 5m tall stone cross. The cross-head carries a central rose to the front and rear whilst the arms bear other decorative motifs, and is set on an octagonal shaft rising from a pedimented square plinth set on a simple square base.

The front (south) face of the plinth carries the inscription IN GRATITUDE/ TO THE MEN OF BEMPTON AND BUCKTON/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919/ (10 NAMES)/ GOD AND THEIR COUNTRY CALLED THEM/ BUT THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE. The east face of the plinth is inscribed 1939 – 1945./ (2 NAMES)/ KOREAN CONFLICT. 1950 – 1953./ (1 NAME)/ (3 NAMES).

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, 1 February 2017.


A faculty for Bempton War Memorial was granted in December 1919. It was designed by Mr J Bilton of Hull. Paid for by public subscription, it was unveiled by the vicar, Reverend JM Mawson, on 16 January 1920 and dedicated by Reverend Francis Gurdon, Bishop of Hull.

Following the end of the Second World War an inscription was added to the base of the memorial commemorating those who fell in that conflict. A further inscription was added to the base, dedicated to a soldier who lost his life during the Korean War. Three names were added to the memorial in 2014, funded by War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Bempton War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the church of St Michael, 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 sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed church of St Michael.

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