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Latitude: 51.6298 / 51°37'47"N
Longitude: 0.4978 / 0°29'52"E
OS Eastings: 572976
OS Northings: 195284
OS Grid: TQ729952
Mapcode National: GBR PLR.LPX
Mapcode Global: VHJKN.L91G
Entry Name: Downham War Memorial
Listing Date: 6 November 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1450615
Location: South Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM11
Civil Parish: South Hanningfield
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.
Granite wheel-head cross, with a sculpted sword on the front face. This stands on a granite plinth; the front face of the plinth bears the inscription TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 / (NAMES) / "THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE." the rear face of the plinth reads 1939 - 1945 / (NAMES). The whole rests on a square base.
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 in Downham 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 cost approximately £150, and was unveiled on 1 May 1921 by Colonel HBH Hamilton in a ceremony attended by various local clergy and dignitaries. Further inscriptions were added at some point after the Second World War to honour the Fallen of that conflict.
Downham 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as a dignified granite wheel cross war memorial;
* Group value: with the adjacent Grade II-listed Church of St Margaret.
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