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Latitude: 52.5728 / 52°34'22"N
Longitude: -1.1788 / 1°10'43"W
OS Eastings: 455753
OS Northings: 297540
OS Grid: SP557975
Mapcode National: GBR 8N5.NSP
Mapcode Global: WHDJP.VLVG
Plus Code: 9C4WHRFC+4F
Entry Name: Whetstone (St Peter's Churchyard) War Memorial
Listing Date: 2 July 2018
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1455370
Location: Whetstone, Blaby, Leicestershire, LE8
Civil Parish: Whetstone
Built-Up Area: Whetstone
Traditional County: Leicestershire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Leicestershire
First World War memorial, unveiled on 28 May 1921, designed by E G Fowler with cross and sculptural work undertaken by Anthony Smith of Leicester.
First World War memorial, 1921.
MATERIALS: wood cross and sculpture; Portland stone plinth; Forest of Dean stone base.
DESCRIPTION: Whetstone (St Peter’s Churchyard) War Memorial is located in the churchyard of the Grade I-listed Church of St Peter, situated to the north of the church and on the approach to the church entrance.
It takes the form of a wooden Calvary cross surmounted by a canopy. To the south face is a large carved sculpture of Christ on the Cross, above which, on the vertical arm of the cross, is a carved scroll with the monogram INRI in relief letters. The cross rises from a four-sided plinth of Portland stone with cap and moulded cornice. This surmounts a three-stepped, square base of Forest of Dean stone; the lowermost step is chamfered.
The plinth carries the principal inscription and names in incised lettering. The inscription wraps around the upper section of the plinth over three faces and reads TO THE MEMORY OF THE (west face)/ WHETSTONE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES (south face)/ IN THE WAR 1914 – 1918 (east face). The lettering has been significantly weathered. Directly below the inscription is a narrow, moulded band. The names of the 18 men who died are recorded below the inscription to the south face of the plinth. A further inscription is to the south face of the uppermost step of the base and reads THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVER MORE. The stonework has suffered some damage, obscuring some of the words. Directly below, to the middle step are the letters R.I.P.
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 in St Peter’s Churchyard at Whetstone as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 18 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was designed by Captain Ernest G Fowler, with the cross and sculpture of Christ undertaken by Mr Anthony Smith of Leicester. The memorial was unveiled on 28 May 1921 by General Lord Horne and dedicated by the Bishop of Leicester, Dr Norman Lang.
Whetstone also has a civic memorial situated along the main road to the south-west of the church; this was also designed by E G Fowler and is Grade II-listed.
Whetstone (St Peter’s Churchyard) War Memorial 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 well-executed Calvary cross memorial demonstrating fine craftsmanship in the sculptural depiction of Christ on the Cross.
* with the Grade I-listed Church of St Peter.
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