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Sunk Island War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Sunk Island, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.6519 / 53°39'6"N

Longitude: -0.0842 / 0°5'3"W

OS Eastings: 526719

OS Northings: 418973

OS Grid: TA267189

Mapcode National: GBR WVV6.KM

Mapcode Global: WHHHD.PG3Q

Entry Name: Sunk Island War Memorial

Listing Date: 22 February 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1432478

Location: Sunk Island, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU12

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Sunk Island

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ottringham with Sunk Island St Wilfrid

Church of England Diocese: York

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First World War memorial with additions for the Second World War, 1920, architect unknown.


MATERIALS: Yorkstone with granite panels.

The Sunk Island War Memorial is situated on the western side of Sunk Island Road, opposite the Church of the Holy Trinity, enclosed to the south by a pre-existing wall and gate pier that forms the entrance to the garden of the school house. The freestanding memorial stands approximately 3m tall, and takes the form of a potent-style cross mounted on a square shaft with chamfered and stopped corners. The cross is raised on a square die base with chamfered and stopped corners, mounted on a two-stepped podium on a square concrete raft foundation. The memorial faces to the east, and a dark grey granite memorial panel dedicated to the fallen of the First World War is attached to the east face of the base. The inscription on the memorial panel reads IN/ GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THOSE WHO DIED/ FOR GOD, KING & EMPIRE/ 1914 - 1919/ (3 NAMES)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE.

The names of the men from the parish who joined the colours during the First World War are also recorded on a roll of honour, split between two dark grey granite panels attached to the south and north sides of the base. The roles of honour bear the inscription SERVED GOD, KING & EMPIRE/ 1914 - 1919/ followed by a list of names on each side. A secondary canted dark grey granite memorial panel, placed on the first step of the podium, records the fallen from the Second World War. The inscription on this memorial panel reads IN EVER/ GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945/ (5 NAMES)/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. The face of the first step of the podium is inscribed with the name of the monumental masons ‘EVERINGHAM HEDON’.

Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (‘the Act’) it is declared that the pre-existing wall and gate post that forms the entrance to the garden of the school house are not of special architectural or historic interest.

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.


The Sunk Island War Memorial stands adjacent to the entrance to the former Sunk Island school and school house, and opposite the Church of the Holy Trinity. It was created as a memorial to the three men of the parish who fell during the First World War and also displays a roll of honour of the thirty-two men who joined the colours. The cost of the memorial was raised by subscription and it was built by W P Everingham and Sons Limited, monumental masons of Hedon. Upon completion of the memorial, it was unveiled and dedicated on 3 April 1920 by Colonel R Hall, VD. An additional tablet has since been added to commemorate four men and one woman killed during the Second World War. Conservation and repair work was carried out in 2014, with grant aid from the War Memorials Trust; this included replacing the die base in Yorkstone, to the same size, proportion, and profile as the original, cleaning the stonework, re-assembly and re-pointing.

Reasons for Listing

Sunk Island War Memorial, 1920 is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this local community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design interest: it is a dignified monument executed in good quality materials, which provides an elegant and fitting tribute to the fallen of the parish from both World Wars.

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