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Egloskerry village War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Egloskerry, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.6535 / 50°39'12"N

Longitude: -4.4451 / 4°26'42"W

OS Eastings: 227252

OS Northings: 86607

OS Grid: SX272866

Mapcode National: GBR NG.8422

Mapcode Global: FRA 17LB.S38

Plus Code: 9C2QMH33+9W

Entry Name: Egloskerry village War Memorial

Listing Date: 26 July 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1448609

ID on this website: 101448609

Location: St Corantius's Church, Egloskerry, Cornwall, PL15

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Egloskerry

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

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A village war memorial churchyard cross, unveiled in August 1921.


A village war memorial, unveiled in August 1921.

MATERIALS & PLAN: Cornish granite with inset lead lettering. The cross stands in the village churchyard, to the west of the Church of St Keria (Grade II). It is a cross with shaft and stepped base rising from a platform which has obelisk-shaped piers to the corners.

The cross head takes the form of a Celtic wheel head. It has round, cushion-shaped bosses to the arms and at the centre and the arms are flared at their ends. The shaft is tapered and rises from a base of three steep steps, below which is a platform. Four obelisk-shaped pillars stand at the corners of a paved enclosure surrounding the monument and are linked by chains. Inscribed on the top step of the base is the following wording: ‘TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF EGLOSKERRY / WHO FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918’. On the step below are the names of the fallen. The bottom step is inscribed ‘THEY LIVE FOR EVERMORE / 1939 – 1945’. Below this are the names of the Fallen. A paved path leads from the monument to the churchyard entrance.

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, 1 September 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, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised in Egloskerry as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. It was unveiled on Sunday 28 August 1921. An additional inscription to honour the Fallen of the Second World War was added at some point after 1945.

Reasons for Listing

Egloskerry War Memorial, located in the Churchyard of St Keria, Egloskerry, Cornwall, a war memorial dating from 1921, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
Architectural interest: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial, which takes the form of a churchyard cross with Celtic wheel head, stepped base and paved surround;

Historic Interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;

Group value: with the Church of St Keria, Egloskerry (Grade II).

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