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Benacre War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Benacre, Suffolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4004 / 52°24'1"N

Longitude: 1.6904 / 1°41'25"E

OS Eastings: 651138

OS Northings: 284450

OS Grid: TM511844

Mapcode National: GBR YVP.G61

Mapcode Global: VHM6T.7XZR

Plus Code: 9F43CM2R+54

Entry Name: Benacre War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 February 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1452054

Location: Benacre, East Suffolk, Suffolk, NR34

County: Suffolk

Civil Parish: Benacre

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Summary


First World War memorial cross.

Description

The grey granite memorial stands in the churchyard, close to the Church of St Michael (Grade II*). It comprises a plain Latin cross standing on a rough-hewn, tapered plinth, standing approximately 2.1m high.

The main inscription in raised leaded lettering to the west face of the plinth reads THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED/ BY THE PARISH TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR/ COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914–1918.


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

One such memorial was raised at Benacre as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the five members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Reasons for Listing

Benacre War Memorial, which stands in the 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 First World War.

Architectural interest:

* a simple yet poignant war memorial cross in granite;
* unusually, the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Michael (Grade II*).

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