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Bromfield War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bromfield, Shropshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3873 / 52°23'14"N

Longitude: -2.7632 / 2°45'47"W

OS Eastings: 348152

OS Northings: 276854

OS Grid: SO481768

Mapcode National: GBR BJ.QLDT

Mapcode Global: VH843.2818

Entry Name: Bromfield War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 September 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1437246

Location: Bromfield, Shropshire, SY8

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Bromfield

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Bromfield

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Summary


A churchyard First World War memorial of 1921, with later additions for the Second World War and the Palestine Civil War.

Description

A churchyard First World War memorial of 1921, altered after 1945.

MATERIALS & PLAN: limestone, with a cross and ball above a hexagonal shaft with plinth, stepped base and rectangular platform. The memorial faces south-west to the path which leads from the churchyard lych-gate to the north-west door of the church.

The pinnacle of the monument has a cross with chamfered and splayed arms above a ball. Below this is a moulded cap to the tapered hexagonal shaft. The plinth has straight sides which bear the following inscription to the south-west face: IN / MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF THIS PARISH WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES TO / SAVE THEIR COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918. / AND / 1939 – 1945. Below this the base has three steps. The north-eastern face bears the names of the fallen on the plinth and below this the name of the single fallen servicemen from the Second World War and the Palestine Civil War of 1947 are inscribed on the risers of two of the steps of the base.


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, 23 November 2017.

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, as a result of both the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Bromfield, Shropshire as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was completed by September 1921 and unveiled by the Earl of Plymouth and dedicated by the Bishop of Hereford.

Reasons for Listing

Bromfield War Memorial, Shropshire 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: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial, which takes the form of a limestone shaft supporting a ball and cross;
* Group value: the monument has group value with the church of St Mary, Bromfield (Grade I).

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