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Latitude: 50.8751 / 50°52'30"N
Longitude: -3.8714 / 3°52'17"W
OS Eastings: 268426
OS Northings: 110064
OS Grid: SS684100
Mapcode National: GBR KZ.T524
Mapcode Global: FRA 26SS.FL7
Plus Code: 9C2RV4GH+2C
Entry Name: Eggesford War Memorial
Listing Date: 25 January 2018
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1452581
Location: Eggesford, Mid Devon, Devon, EX18
Civil Parish: Eggesford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
First World War memorial granite cross, erected 1921.
The granite war memorial stands in the road junction at Eggesford Fourways. It takes the form of a plain Latin cross, standings on a three-stage base. The uppermost stage carries the inscription 1914 – 1919, incised into the front face. The principal dedication (heavily weathered at the time of writing, 2017) to the front face of the middle stage, reads IN PROUD AND HONOURED MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR GOD, KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR (line breaks unknown), below which the commemorated names are listed. The memorial is enclosed by rails and a low kerb.
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 Eggesford as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 10 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. A further 24 men also served but had returned from the conflict. The memorial was under construction in October 1921.
Eggesford War Memorial, which stands at Eggesford Fourways, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* 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.
* A simple yet poignant granite memorial cross;
* Unusually, the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent.
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