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Kings Worthy War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kings Worthy, Hampshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0884 / 51°5'18"N

Longitude: -1.2975 / 1°17'51"W

OS Eastings: 449295

OS Northings: 132350

OS Grid: SU492323

Mapcode National: GBR 85P.NRP

Mapcode Global: FRA 8657.NBY

Entry Name: Kings Worthy War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 October 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1437417

Location: Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23

County: Hampshire

District: Winchester

Civil Parish: Kings Worthy

Built-Up Area: Springvale

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: King's Worthy

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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Summary

First World War memorial, erected in 1918.

Description

MATERIALS: granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a wheel-head cross surmounting a tapering shaft both of which have carved Celtic-style knotwork and ball design on the front face. The cross rises from a tapering plinth, square on plan, set on a single-stepped base.

The inscriptions on the memorial are formed in painted lead lettering. The inscription on the north-east face of the plinth reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN BELOVED MEMORY OF/ BRYCE STEWART/ LIEUT 2ND BATTN SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS/ KILLED IN ACTION AT SANNA-I-YAT/ MESOPOTAMIA DURING THE OPERATIONS/ FOR THE RELIEF OF KUT/ ON THE 22ND APRIL,1916,/ AGED 22 YEARS.

The north-west face reads IN HONOURED MEMORY OF/ THOSE MEN FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO ALSO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ (NAMES). Further names were added to the north-west and south-east faces.

On the front face of the base a further inscription reads "WHEN CHRIST, WHO IS OUR LIFE, SHALL APPEAR/ THEN SHALL YE ALSO APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY."

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, 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 Kings Worthy as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Kings Worthy War Memorial was commissioned by Col and Mrs Bryce Stewart whose son was killed in action in Mesopotamia in 1916. It was erected in 1918 as a permanent memorial to their son Lieutenant Bryce Stewart and four local servicemen who fell in the First World War.

In 2013 a further ten names of the fallen from the First World War were added to the war memorial including four sons of the Rev Frances Henry Baring, a former Rector of Kings Worthy.

Reasons for Listing

Kings Worthy War Memorial, erected in 1918, 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 First World War;
* Architectural interest: an elegant granite wheel-head cross with carved Celtic-style decorative details;
* Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade II*) and Grade II-listed tombs in the churchyard.

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