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Little Stukeley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in The Stukeleys, Cambridgeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3656 / 52°21'56"N

Longitude: -0.2254 / 0°13'31"W

OS Eastings: 520927

OS Northings: 275656

OS Grid: TL209756

Mapcode National: GBR J27.PTP

Mapcode Global: VHGLP.1SPW

Plus Code: 9C4X9Q8F+6R

Entry Name: Little Stukeley War Memorial

Listing Date: 1 November 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439206

Location: The Stukeleys, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, PE28

County: Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: The Stukeleys

Built-Up Area: Alconbury Airfield

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Little Stukeley St Martin

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Summary


First World War memorial, 1920, with a further name added after the Second World War.

Description

MATERIALS: Weldon limestone.

DESCRIPTION: Little Stukeley War Memorial is situated in the churchyard of St Martin’s Church. It is a Latin cross of octagonal profile with a carved wreath attached to its front face. The cross rises from a tapered octagonal shaft which is set upon an octagonal plinth with carved corner panels and a moulded base.

The front face of the memorial has a stone plaque attached which reads: TO THE MEMORY OF/ THE FOLLOWING MEN OF LITTLE STUKELEY/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ “GOD PROVED THEM AND FOUND THEM/ WORTHY FOR HIMSELF” WISDOM III 5/ (NAMES)/ “LET THOSE WHO CAME AFTER SEE TO IT/ THAT THEIR NAMES ARE NOT FORGOTTEN”/ KING GEORGE V.

On the back of the memorial is inscribed: 1939 – 1945/ (NAME)/ UNTIL THE DAY DAWNS.

It is surrounded by a chain fence attached to stone posts.

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

Little Stukeley War Memorial was unveiled by George Charles Montagu, 9th Earl of Sandwich, in 1920. It commemorates eight local servicemen who fell in the First World War. One name was added to the war memorial following the end of the Second World War.

In 2008 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Little Stukeley 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 ornate and striking Latin cross with carved decorative details;
* Group value: with the Church of St Martin (Grade II*) and 11 Church Way opposite (Grade II).

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