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Baddesley Ensor War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Baddesley Ensor, Warwickshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5842 / 52°35'3"N

Longitude: -1.6015 / 1°36'5"W

OS Eastings: 427094

OS Northings: 298565

OS Grid: SP270985

Mapcode National: GBR 5HF.XKW

Mapcode Global: WHCHC.C9LQ

Plus Code: 9C4WH9MX+M9

Entry Name: Baddesley Ensor War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 August 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1437673

Location: Baddesley Ensor, North Warwickshire, Warwickshire, CV9

County: Warwickshire

Civil Parish: Baddesley Ensor

Built-Up Area: Baddesley Ensor

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Baddesley Ensor

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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Summary


First World War memorial, designed by Henry Charles Mitchell, unveiled on 22 May 1920.

Description

MATERIALS: Aberdeen granite.

DESCRIPTION: Baddesley Ensor war memorial comprises an obelisk some 3.5m tall embellished with a laurel wreath in relief surmounting a rough-hewn plinth.

The plinth bears inscriptions in black lettering on polished plaques which reads: 1914 -1919/ TO/ THE MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF/ BADDESLEY ENSOR/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR./ THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE./ (NAMES)/ 1939-1945/ (NAMES)

The plinth stands on two-stepped rough-hewn stone base.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 5 October 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, 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 Baddesley Ensor 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 war memorial was designed by Henry Charles Mitchell of Tamworth and it commemorates 21 local men. It was unveiled by W F S Dugdale of Merevale Hall with the dedication ceremony conducted by the Rev H Wilson Lee on 22 May 1920.

Following the Second World War, five of those who lost their lives in that war were also added.

The obelisk previously stood on a plinth on Baddesley Common but was relocated to the churchyard.

Reasons for Listing

Baddesley Ensor War Memorial, unveiled 22 May 1920, 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: a simple yet dignified granite obelisk;
* Group value: with the Church of St Nicholas (Grade II).

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