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Lydiard Millicent War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5728 / 51°34'21"N

Longitude: -1.8663 / 1°51'58"W

OS Eastings: 409361

OS Northings: 185996

OS Grid: SU093859

Mapcode National: GBR 3ST.8ZG

Mapcode Global: VHB3C.LQQP

Plus Code: 9C3WH4FM+4F

Entry Name: Lydiard Millicent War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 October 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1438949

Location: Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire, SN5

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Lydiard Millicent

Built-Up Area: Lydiard Millicent

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: West Swindon and the Lydiards

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Summary


First World War memorial.

Description


The war memorial cross stands in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints (Grade II*-listed), in close proximity to a number of listed monuments including the medieval churchyard cross. The war memorial takes the form of a rough-hewn granite wheel-head cross. A reversed sword is carved in low relief on the front face of the cross. The cross shaft rises from a tapering pedestal, that stands on a stone step.

The inscription, in applied metal lettering, begins at the foot of the cross shaft, reading TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN/ MEMORY OF with the commemorated names listed below on the front face of the pedestal. The 13 names, recorded with rank and regiment, are followed by the inscription “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.”

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, 16 December 2016.

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 the country. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Lydiard Millicent as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 13 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. A wooden board recording not only those who died, but all who served, was put up in the parish church in 1920, whilst outside in the churchyard a memorial cross was erected.

Reasons for Listing


Lydiard Millicent War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints, 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 local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the First World War;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet poignant memorial cross;
* Degree of survival: unusually, the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent;
* Group value: with the Church of All Saints (Grade II*) and a number of Grade II-listed churchyard monuments.

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