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Kenton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kenton, Suffolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2478 / 52°14'51"N

Longitude: 1.2085 / 1°12'30"E

OS Eastings: 619121

OS Northings: 265915

OS Grid: TM191659

Mapcode National: GBR VLZ.0C7

Mapcode Global: VHL9V.WRRQ

Entry Name: Kenton War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1459052

Location: Kenton, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP14

County: Suffolk

District: Mid Suffolk

Civil Parish: Kenton

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Summary

War memorial. Erected, following the First World War, in 1920 by the builders Messrs Clary and Wright.

Description

War memorial. Erected, following the First World War, in 1920 by the builders Messrs Clary and Wright.

MATERIALS: carved from Aberdeen granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is situated in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints, immediately to the west of the church. It comprises a Latin cross set on a tapering plinth and two-stepped base, altogether standing approximately 1.8m high. The front (south) face of the plinth is inscribed in leaded lettering: THE GREAT WAR/ 1914–1919/ (6 NAMES)/ THEY ALL GAVE THEIR LIVES/ JESU MERCY, AMEN.

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Kenton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was erected by the builders Messrs Clary and Wright. The monument was unveiled by F S Stevenson and dedicated by Reverend G Allen, Vicar of Kenton, during a memorial service in December 1920.

Reasons for Listing

Kenton War Memorial, erected in 1920 in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as a poignant reminder of the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made during the First World War;

Group value:

* with the Grade II* -listed Church of All Saints.

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