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King Edward's School War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wormley, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.1375 / 51°8'14"N

Longitude: -0.6443 / 0°38'39"W

OS Eastings: 494943

OS Northings: 138451

OS Grid: SU949384

Mapcode National: GBR FDL.RWM

Mapcode Global: VHFVZ.SN7W

Plus Code: 9C3X49P4+X7

Entry Name: King Edward's School War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 August 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1434041

Location: Witley, Waverley, Surrey, GU8

County: Surrey

Civil Parish: Witley

Built-Up Area: Wormley

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Witley

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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First World War memorial, unveiled in 1920.


MATERIALS: Portland stone memorial cross.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is located on an area of green at the eastern side of the school facing Petworth Road. It consists of a stone wheel cross on an octagonal shaft. The cross stands on an octagonal plinth which sits on a three stepped octagonal base.

The south face of the memorial plinth bears an incised inscription which reads THIS MEMORIAL/ IS ERECTED/ IN AFFECTIONATE/ REMEMBRANCE/ BY OLD BOYS/ OF THE SCHOOL/ AND THEIR FRIENDS. On two of the east faces of the plinth are 1914 and 1919 carved in relief. On the final eastern face is the following inscription in relief LIVE/ THOU FOR/ ENGLAND/ WE FOR/ ENGLAND/ DIED. On the north face is a further incised inscription reading GREATER LOVE/ HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS/ THAT A MAN LAY/ DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS. On the west face of the plinth is the school shield carved in relief. Around the top step of the base is carved in relief TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE OLD BOYS AND MASTERS OF THE SCHOOL WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-19.

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.


King Edward’s School War Memorial was designed by Mr Henry T Edwards of the Art Memorial Company. It was raised by the alumni of the school and their friends and was unveiled by the President of the Royal Hospitals of Bridewell and Bethlem on 11 September 1920. Also present for the unveiling were the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Lord Ashcombe and the Lord Bishop of Guildford. More than 1500 Old Boys from the school served during the conflict and the memorial commemorates the 93 Masters and former pupils known to have died during the First World War.

In 2015 cleaning and sharpening of the inscriptions was undertaken to improve legibility. 

Reasons for Listing

King Edward's School War Memorial, which is situated at the eastern side of the school, 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 King Edward's School of 1867 by Sydney Smirke.

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