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Latitude: 51.3439 / 51°20'38"N
Longitude: -0.2023 / 0°12'8"W
OS Eastings: 525303
OS Northings: 162073
OS Grid: TQ253620
Mapcode National: GBR CM.1PK
Mapcode Global: VHGRQ.FHX2
Plus Code: 9C3X8QVX+H3
Entry Name: Belmont War Memorial
Listing Date: 20 March 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1444883
Location: Sutton, London, SM2
Electoral Ward/Division: Belmont
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Built-Up Area: Sutton
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: Belmont St John
Church of England Diocese: Southwark
War memorial in the form of a cross set on a pedestal.
Stone cross replete with laurel wreath, resting on a tall, multi-layered pedestal. The front face of the pedestal bears a plaque reading: TO THE / GLORY OF GOD / AND / IN MEMORY OF THE / BELMONT MEN / WHO FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918 / AND / THOSE MEN AND WOMEN / OF BELMONT / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE WORLD WAR / 1939 - 1945. The right and left sides both bear plaques with the names of the Fallen. The back face bears a laurel wreath. The memorial rests on a slightly raised circular platform.
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, 21 March 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 England. 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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised at Belmont 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 was designed by the architect EP Archer and was unveiled on the 1 January 1921.
Belmont 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 local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as an imposing and dignified stone cross war memorial.
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