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Peaslake War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Peaslake, Surrey

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Latitude: 51.1916 / 51°11'29"N

Longitude: -0.4465 / 0°26'47"W

OS Eastings: 508656

OS Northings: 144749

OS Grid: TQ086447

Mapcode National: GBR GFM.7XP

Mapcode Global: VHFVX.69TT

Entry Name: Peaslake War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 April 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444982

Location: Shere, Guildford, Surrey, GU5

County: Surrey

District: Guildford

Civil Parish: Shere

Built-Up Area: Peaslake

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Shere

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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First World War memorial, unveiled in June 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.


The memorial takes the form of a tapering, octagonal stone cross, on a tall octagonal plinth, set on three octagonal steps forming the base. On the front face is a wreath and sword of sacrifice.

The front is inscribed: TO THE GLORY/ OF GOD AND IN/ MEMORY OF THE/ MEN/ OF/ PEASLAKE/ WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES FOR THEIR/ COUNTRY IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE/ followed by the names of the seventeen men who fell during the First World War. An additional inscription on the rear commemorates the names of twelve who lost their lives in the Second World War, 1939-1945.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 5 June 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 Peaslake, 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 unveiled in June 1921, attended by Sir Reginald Bray.

Reasons for Listing

Peaslake War Memorial, which stands at the centre of the village, 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 sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as a simple, elegant, memorial which is stylistically redolent of the period.

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