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Latitude: 52.6846 / 52°41'4"N
Longitude: 1.6179 / 1°37'4"E
OS Eastings: 644626
OS Northings: 315794
OS Grid: TG446157
Mapcode National: GBR YPC.MVW
Mapcode Global: WHMTD.TSMB
Entry Name: Rollesby War Memorial
Listing Date: 29 May 2018
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1456610
Location: Rollesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29
District: Great Yarmouth
Civil Parish: Rollesby
Traditional County: Norfolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Norfolk
First World War memorial, 1920, with Second World War additions.
First World War memorial, 1920.
MATERIALS: Portland stone.
DESCRIPTION: Rollesby War Memorial is located in the churchyard of St George’s Church, Fleggburgh Road, Rollesby, Norfolk. It is prominently situated at the north-eastern corner of the churchyard, at the entrance to the churchyard from the junction of Fleggburgh Road and Heath Road. It comprises a tall 4.2m high Portland stone Latin cross with octagonal sides, atop an octagonal shaft with moulded collar and foot, standing on a four-sided plinth with similarly moulded foot, atop a five-tiered circular stepped base that is 2.7m in diameter at the bottom. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised lettering.
The inscription reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ FROM ROLLESBY/ 1914 – 1918.
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 Rollesby as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.
Rollesby, like many Norfolk war memorials, was situated within the churchyard. The memorial commemorates 13 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and six men who fell in the Second World War.
The memorial was designed by Henry Walter Sarel of London, architect son of the late General Sarel of Rollesby Hall. Henry Walter Sarel trained as assistant to Frank Edward Whiting. It was unveiled by Mrs Brownsword, late of Rollesby Hall on 31 October 1920.
Rollesby War Memorial, which is situated in St George’s Churchyard, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.
* an elegant and well-executed Portland stone cross.
* with the Grade II*-listed Church of St George, the Grade II-listed Old Rectory and the Grade II-listed Old World Cottages.
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