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Men of Bagshot War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bagshot, Surrey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3605 / 51°21'37"N

Longitude: -0.6989 / 0°41'55"W

OS Eastings: 490687

OS Northings: 163186

OS Grid: SU906631

Mapcode National: GBR D8H.Q3M

Mapcode Global: VHDXJ.T2WC

Entry Name: Men of Bagshot War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 March 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1454315

Location: Windlesham, Surrey Heath, Surrey, GU19

County: Surrey

District: Surrey Heath

Civil Parish: Windlesham

Built-Up Area: Bagshot

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Summary


A First World War memorial, 1920 with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial is located within the churchyard of the Church of St Anne (Grade II).

It consists of a floriated Latin cross constructed from Clipsham stone. The cross rises from a tapering square shaft on an octagonal plinth. The plinth stands on a tall four-stepped octagonal base. The names of the fallen are incised on the top three steps. The First World War dedication TO THE MEN OF BAGSHOT/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY 1914 1919. The Second World War dedication is located on the second step and simply reads SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939 – 1945.

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

The memorial was erected in 1920 by Mr Bannister of Ascot and was designed by F E Howard of Oxford. F E Howard (1888–1934) was also responsible for other war memorials including those at the Church of Holy Trinity, Balsham, Cambridgeshire (listed Grade II) and Steeple Ashton, Oxfordshire (listed Grade II). The architect involved was Messrs Thorp and Claypole of Camberley.

The memorial commemorates 51 local servicemen who died during the First World War. Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the 11 fallen of that conflict. One additional name was added to the memorial at a later date.

The memorial was originally located at the junction of London Road and Church Road. It was moved to its present location in 1948. In 2014 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

The Men of Bagshot War Memorial, Bagshot, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* in its simple but handsome form.

Group value:

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

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