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Latitude: 52.849 / 52°50'56"N
Longitude: 0.5024 / 0°30'8"E
OS Eastings: 568607
OS Northings: 330882
OS Grid: TF686308
Mapcode National: GBR P41.7V8
Mapcode Global: WHKPT.PNF6
Entry Name: Dersingham War Memorial
Listing Date: 16 January 2018
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1452790
Location: Dersingham, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE31
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Civil Parish: Dersingham
Built-Up Area: Dersingham
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
First World War memorial including stone obelisk and lions, and original railings, with Second World War additions.
Dersingham War Memorial is located at the north-east corner of Dersingham Recreation Ground, at the junction of Station Road and Hunstanton Road. It is prominently situated facing the road, closely surrounded by a square of railings. The monument comprises a stone obelisk raised on a tall, rusticated, pier, square on plan. A stone wing projects from each of the two front-facing corners of the pier, whilst the base of the pier is stepped. The wings each support a sculpted recumbent lion.
The four sides of the pier carry the inscriptions in recent polished granite panels:
(front upper panel) FOR GOD/ AND/ HUMANITY and FOR KING/ AND/ COUNTRY flanking a wreath encircling a coat of arms carved in low relief with, below, R.I.P/ (48 NAMES)
(front lower panel) 1939 -1945/ (19 NAMES)
(right panel) ROLL OF HONOUR/ OVERSEA SERVICE/ (78 NAMES)/ HOME SERVICE/ (44 NAMES)
(left panel) ROLL OF HONOUR/ OVERSEA SERVICE/ (128 NAMES)
(rear panel) THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED/ BY THE/ PEOPLE OF DERSINGHAM/ IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ AND ALL/ WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919.
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.
By early 1923 one such memorial had been raised at Dersingham, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 48 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial also names all those who served. Following the Second World War the names of 19 men who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.
The Parish Council took responsibility for the memorial and its upkeep at a meeting in February 1923. The site was renovated in 2008.
Dersingham War Memorial, which stands at the junction of Station Road and Hunstanton Road, 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 conflicts of the C20.
* A striking stone memorial obelisk on a substantial rusticated pier, incorporating two sculpted recumbent lions, within its original railed enclosure.
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