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Kintbury War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kintbury, West Berkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4003 / 51°24'1"N

Longitude: -1.4507 / 1°27'2"W

OS Eastings: 438312

OS Northings: 166956

OS Grid: SU383669

Mapcode National: GBR 70H.030

Mapcode Global: VHC20.S2YB

Entry Name: Kintbury War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440301

Location: Kintbury, West Berkshire, RG17

County: West Berkshire

Civil Parish: Kintbury

Built-Up Area: Kintbury

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Kintbury

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

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

Description

First World War memorial.

MATERIALS: granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located within the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, and it comprises a wheel-head Calvary cross, the cross arms decorated with Celtic-style knotwork and bearing a carved figure of Christ. It is set upon a tapered shaft which bears the inscription on the front face in lead letters: “WHO GAVE / HIMSELF / FOR ME”/ IN PIOUS MEMORY / OF THOSE WHO / GAVE THEMSELVES / FOR THEIR / NATIVE LAND / 1914 – 1917/ (NAMES) / ON WHOSE SOUL / MAY THE LORD / HAVE MERCY AMEN.

On the back of the shaft is inscribed: 1917 – 1918 / (NAMES) / 1939 – 1945 / (NAMES).

The shaft is set upon a hexagonal two-stepped 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, 27 February 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 Kintbury 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 56 fallen local men.

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

Reasons for Listing

Kintbury 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 granite Calvary cross embellished with carved knotwork details;
* Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade II*) and Grade II-listed tombs in the churchyard.

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