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Great Comberton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Great Comberton, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0813 / 52°4'52"N

Longitude: -2.0648 / 2°3'53"W

OS Eastings: 395658

OS Northings: 242553

OS Grid: SO956425

Mapcode National: GBR 2K1.DSN

Mapcode Global: VHB0R.5Y9B

Entry Name: Great Comberton War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 February 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1461877

Location: Great Comberton, Wychavon, Worcestershire, WR10

County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon

Civil Parish: Great Comberton

Built-Up Area: Great Comberton

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Summary


War memorial, erected in about 1920.

Description

War memorial, erected in about 1920.

MATERIALS: carved from stone.

DESCRIPTION: located at a road junction, at the northern end of the village, the war memorial takes the form of a Latin cross with a tapering octagonal shaft with broach stops to its base. At the centre of the cross is a relief-carving of the Christian symbol of a pelican plucking its breast to feed its young. The pedestal on which the Latin cross is surmounted comprises a large square plinth and a tapered dado with carved decoration to the top. On the south-east face of the plinth is the carved inscription:

TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918. / (5 NAMES)

The whole stands on a stone platform.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw an unprecedented wave of public commemoration 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.

On such memorial was raised at Great Comberton, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was erected in about 1920.

Reasons for Listing

Great Comberton War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* it is an accomplished and well-realised example of a Latin cross war memorial which displays good decorative detailing.

Historic interest:

* it has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context 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.

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