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Sidlesham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Sidlesham, West Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.785 / 50°47'5"N

Longitude: -0.7882 / 0°47'17"W

OS Eastings: 485524

OS Northings: 99079

OS Grid: SZ855990

Mapcode National: GBR DHB.RK4

Mapcode Global: FRA 9770.GS3

Entry Name: Sidlesham War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441567

Location: Sidlesham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester

Civil Parish: Sidlesham

Built-Up Area: Street End

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Sidlesham

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Summary

First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

MATERIALS: rough-hewn granite.

DESCRIPTION: Sidlesham War Memorial is located within the churchyard of the Church of St Mary, Sidlesham. It consists of a squat obelisk on a square plinth. It is set within a small kerbed enclosure.

On the front face, a tablet carved in the form of a scroll carries the inscription in painted lettering SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES)/ THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE.

The raked block added at the foot of the plinth carries the inscription AND TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS/ PARISH WHO MADE THE GREAT SACRIFICE 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES)/ "AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM".

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. One such memorial was raised at Sidlesham in the 1920s as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 20 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The addition commemorating the 20 service personnel who lost their lives in the Second World War was dedicated in November 1948. It is exceptional for the community to have lost as many of its members in the Second World War as in the First.

In 2002 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Sidlesham 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet dignified granite obelisk;
* Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade I) and Church Gate Cottage (Grade II).

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