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Latitude: 52.7158 / 52°42'56"N
Longitude: 0.4356 / 0°26'8"E
OS Eastings: 564612
OS Northings: 315912
OS Grid: TF646159
Mapcode National: GBR N45.NY9
Mapcode Global: WHJP7.NZMV
Entry Name: North Runcton War Memorial
Listing Date: 21 March 2018
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1454345
Location: North Runcton, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk, PE33
District: King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Civil Parish: North Runcton
Built-Up Area: North Runcton
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
First World War memorial cross, with later additions for the Second World War.
The limestone memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints (Grade I-listed). It comprises a bottonée cross-head on a tall, octagonal, shaft. The cross shaft rises from a pedestal, octagonal on plan, that stands on a four-stepped base. The uppermost step is square on plan, whilst the three below are octagonal (squares with chamfered corners).
The pedestal bears the inscriptions in incised and painted lettering. The principal dedication to the front face of the pedestal reads IN GRATEFUL/ MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF/ THIS PARISH/ WHO LAID/ DOWN THEIR/ LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918. The commemorated names are listed on the other faces, and include each person’s regiment.
A small rectangular plaque is placed on the second step of the base, with an inscription reading 1939 – 1945/ (3 NAMES).
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 North Runcton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 15 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was in place by 1928, at which date it appears on the Ordnance Survey County Series map for the locality. The names of three men who died in the Second World War were added to the memorial after that conflict. The memorial was renovated and re-dedicated in 2014.
North Runcton War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard, 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 tall and elegant war memorial cross in limestone.
* with the Church of All Saints (Grade I-listed).
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