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Latitude: 51.182 / 51°10'55"N
Longitude: -0.3573 / 0°21'26"W
OS Eastings: 514913
OS Northings: 143817
OS Grid: TQ149438
Mapcode National: GBR HH2.SLB
Mapcode Global: VHFVY.RKH6
Entry Name: Coldharbour War Memorial
Listing Date: 3 July 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1447484
Location: Capel, Mole Valley, Surrey, RH5
District: Mole Valley
Civil Parish: Capel
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey
Stone pillar war memorial.
Granite pillar, the sides tapering slightly towards the top. The front bears the inscription: ERECTED / IN HONOUR / OF THE MEN / OF THIS VILLAGE / WHO SERVED THEIR / KING AND COUNTY / IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1919 / + KILLED + WOUNDED; below this are some of the names of the Fallen. The right and left faces both bear further names. The back face reads: 1939 - 1945 / IN MEMORY OF / (names) / OF THIS PARISH / WHO DIED / IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY. The whole rests on a square granite base, set into a larger area of paving.
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 World Wars 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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised in Coldharbour 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 erected at some point after 1918, with further inscriptions added after 1945; the lettering was refurbished circa 2000-02.
Coldharbour 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 made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a simple yet dignified stone pillar war memorial.
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