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Latitude: 51.4196 / 51°25'10"N
Longitude: -0.1938 / 0°11'37"W
OS Eastings: 525691
OS Northings: 170496
OS Grid: TQ256704
Mapcode National: GBR CG.9TY
Mapcode Global: VHGRB.LLF4
Entry Name: Wimbledon (St Winefride's) War Memorial
Listing Date: 3 July 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1445651
Location: Merton, London, SW19
Electoral Ward/Division: Trinity
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Built-Up Area: Merton
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
First world war memorial.
Tall gabled wooden cross, with a detailed and life-like wooden sculpture of Christ crucified, replete with INRI scroll. This stands on a small mound of earth and rock; at the front of this is a plaque reading: A.M.D.G.[*] / GREATER LOVE THAN THIS NO MAN / HATH, THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE / FOR HIS FRIENDS / JOHN XV.13. / THIS CRUCIFIX IS ERECTED / IN MEMORY OF / OUR SOLDIERS AND SAILORS / FALLEN IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 -1919 / MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.
* Acronym for 'Ad majorem Dei gloriam', a Latin phrase used by the Jesuits meaning 'For the greater glory of God.'
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, 20 July 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. 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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised at St Winefride's Roman Catholic Church in South Wimbledon as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by members of the local community.
Wimbledon (St Winefride's) War Memorial, situated outside St Winefride's Church, 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 sacrifices it made in the First World War;
* Design: as an imposing and dignified Calvary war memorial;
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed St Winefride's Church.
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