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Coton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Coton, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.2101 / 52°12'36"N

Longitude: 0.0607 / 0°3'38"E

OS Eastings: 540899

OS Northings: 258872

OS Grid: TL408588

Mapcode National: GBR L76.J4J

Mapcode Global: VHHK2.0QG4

Entry Name: Coton War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439976

Location: Coton, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB23

County: Cambridgeshire

District: South Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Coton

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Coton St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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First World War memorial with further names added after the Second World War.


Coton War Memorial is located within the churchyard of St Peter’s Church, Coton. It consists of a stone short rectangular wall upon a chamfered base which is set upon a single-stepped base.

The memorial carries the inscription in incised painted lettering on the front and rear faces and reads: IN MEMORY OF THE COTON MEN WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918 (NAMES)/ THEY DIED FOR ENGLAND LET US LIVE FOR ENGLAND. The side face has a later dedication for the Second World War: 1939 – 1945/ (NAME).

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 17 February 2017.


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 Coton 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 17 local servicemen who fell during the First World War. 

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the one fallen of that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Coton 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: a simple yet dignified memorial wall with fine lettering;
* Group value: with St Peter’s Church (Grade I).

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