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Ramsholt War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ramsholt, Suffolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0292 / 52°1'45"N

Longitude: 1.3619 / 1°21'42"E

OS Eastings: 630717

OS Northings: 242092

OS Grid: TM307420

Mapcode National: GBR WR0.P59

Mapcode Global: VHLC3.K8B7

Entry Name: Ramsholt War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1458470

Location: Ramsholt, Suffolk Coastal, Suffolk, IP12

County: Suffolk

District: Suffolk Coastal

Civil Parish: Ramsholt

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Summary

First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in the churchyard, to the east of the Church of All Saints (Grade II*). The memorial comprises a plain stone wheel-head cross with a tapering rough-hewn plinth on a square base.

The main inscription in incised and black-painted lettering on the west face of the plinth reads: IN GLORIOUS MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914–1918/ (7 NAMES)/ 1939–1945/ (2 NAMES)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE.

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. 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 Ramsholt as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

It was unveiled in May 1921 by Lady Quilter of Bawdsey Manor, who was also the mother of one of those commemorated on the memorial.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were added to the memorial in 1990, when the memorial was restored.

Reasons for Listing

Ramsholt War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints, 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 sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a simple yet evocative plain wheel-head cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of All Saints (Grade II*).

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