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Latitude: 52.5883 / 52°35'17"N
Longitude: 0.6004 / 0°36'1"E
OS Eastings: 576257
OS Northings: 302119
OS Grid: TF762021
Mapcode National: GBR Q8L.NMD
Mapcode Global: WHKR7.665L
Entry Name: Gooderstone War Memorial
Listing Date: 9 June 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1446277
Location: Gooderstone, Breckland, Norfolk, PE33
Civil Parish: Gooderstone
Built-Up Area: Gooderstone
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
Church of England Parish: Gooderstone St George
Church of England Diocese: Norwich
First World War memorial, with Second World War additions. Portland stone Latin cross on a pier set into the churchyard wall.
Gooderstone war memorial is located in the churchyard wall of the Church of St George (Grade I-listed). It comprises a tall, tapering Latin cross, octagonal in section, in Portland stone rising from a pier that is let into the churchyard wall. The pier has moulded upper corners and a deep chamfered foot. The inscriptions are on the pier’s south side, facing The Street, whilst the cross above is orientated perpendicularly so that it faces east. The incised inscription reads IN MEMORY OF/ THE GOODERSTONE MEN/ FALLEN IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ (19 NAMES)/ 1939 - 1945/ (3 NAMES).
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 Gooderstone 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 19 local servicemen who died, and three men who fell in the Second World War. The same names are included on a roll of honour within the church.
Gooderstone War Memorial, which is situated in St George’s Churchyard, 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: as a simple but well-executed memorial cross in Portland stone;
* Group value: with the Grade I-listed Church of St George.