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Chirbury War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirbury with Brompton, Shropshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5792 / 52°34'45"N

Longitude: -3.0916 / 3°5'29"W

OS Eastings: 326128

OS Northings: 298491

OS Grid: SO261984

Mapcode National: GBR B2.BPJK

Mapcode Global: WH7B3.HF1K

Entry Name: Chirbury War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1451201

Location: Chirbury with Brompton, Shropshire, SY15

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Chirbury with Brompton

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Summary

First World War memorial, erected 1918.

Description

Tall gabled sandstone cross, replete with a sculpture of Christ with INRI scroll; the front face of the bottom section of the cross bears the inscription REMEMBER YE / [illegible] LORD. This stands on a plinth, the front face of which reads ALL THESE / FROM THIS PARISH WHO FELL FOR / KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918 / (names). This stands on another plinth, the front face of which bears further names. The whole stands on a stone platform.

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, 30 January 2018.

History

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised in Chirbury as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community.

It was initially erected in 1918 by a Mr Marshall, in memory of his son who was killed in the Australian forces; a few years later it was adopted as the war memorial for the whole village.

Reasons for Listing

Chirbury 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 sacrifices it made in the First World War;
* Architectural interest: as a dignified and attractive war memorial;
* Group value: with the adjacent Grade I-listed Church of St Michael and the various Grade II-listed tombs in the churchyard.

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