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Latitude: 51.489 / 51°29'20"N
Longitude: -0.0066 / 0°0'23"W
OS Eastings: 538491
OS Northings: 178556
OS Grid: TQ384785
Mapcode National: GBR L0.WJ6
Mapcode Global: VHGR1.TTVX
Entry Name: Isle of Dogs War Memorial
Listing Date: 12 August 2016
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1437392
Location: Tower Hamlets, London, E14
District: Tower Hamlets
Electoral Ward/Division: Island Gardens
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Built-Up Area: Tower Hamlets
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: Christ Church Isle of Dogs
Church of England Diocese: London
First World War memorial.
MATERIALS: Portland stone plinth, timber cross and cast iron figure of Christ.
DESCRIPTION: the Isle of Dogs war memorial comprises a wooden Calvary cross with a cast iron figure of Christ painted white. The shaft is set upon a Portland stone plinth which is inscribed: REMEMBER BEFORE GOD / THE GALLANT DEAD WHOSE / NAMES ARE WRITTEN HERE / THOUGH THEIR BODIES LIE / IN OTHER LANDS / THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES / FOR KING AND COUNTRY / AUGUST 1914-19 / GRANT THEM O LORD / ETERNAL REST AND LET / LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE / UPON THEM.
Two sides of the plinth have inscribed names of those who fell, but these are illegible.
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 Christ Church on the Isle of Dogs as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War. It commemorates 97 local servicemen who died during the First World War.
In 2014 a project to repair and clean the memorial was undertaken with the help of grant aid from the War Memorials Trust.
The Isle of Dogs 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 this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an elegant wooden Calvary cross displaying a high level of craftsmanship;
* Group value: with Christ Church (Grade II*).
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