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Shobrooke War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Shobrooke, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7987 / 50°47'55"N

Longitude: -3.6184 / 3°37'6"W

OS Eastings: 286040

OS Northings: 101149

OS Grid: SS860011

Mapcode National: GBR LB.Z34D

Mapcode Global: FRA 369Z.J3Y

Plus Code: 9C2RQ9XJ+FJ

Entry Name: Shobrooke War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 April 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433640

Location: Shobrooke, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Shobrooke

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Shobrooke St Swithin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Summary


First World War memorial, added to following the Second World War, a missing name and ranks were added in 2015.

Description

First World War memorial, added to following the Second World War, a missing name and ranks were added in 2015.

MATERIAL: granite.

DESCRIPTION: a wheel-cross with Celtic-knot decoration, on a trapezoidal plinth and a square base. All sides of the plinth contain recessed panels. The front bears the following dedication in raised lettering: THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE SHOBROOKE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY 1914 - 1918/ LEST WE FORGET. The other sides include the names of those who fell during the First World War, with the names of those who died during the Second World War (1939-1945) added on the rear panel.

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, 8 December 2016.

History

The land upon which the memorial stands was donated by the Shelley family of Shobrooke Park. The memorial was dedicated on Sunday 21 September 1919 with around 200 parishioners in attendance. At the ceremony a wreath was placed in front of the memorial composed of laurel (for victory), ivy( for ever-lasting life) and rosemary (for remembrance). The service was conducted by the parish rector. The memorial was erected by public subscription. The subscriptions totalled £129 19s and 6d; the final cost of the memorial was £121 1s and 7d. The remaining money was used to erect a set of steps in the north side of the grass bank. Further names were added to the rear of the memorial following the end of the Second World War.

In 2015 the memorial was cleaned and the lettering renewed. The work included the addition of six missing ranks and the addition of a missing name. It was subsequently re-dedicated at a remembrance service in November 2015.

Reasons for Listing

Shobrooke War Memorial 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;
* Architectural interest: it is an elegant cross with good-quality carving;
* Group value: it forms a group with Shobrooke House School (listed Grade II) and Shobrooke Park (registered Grade II).


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