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Fretherne War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Fretherne with Saul, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.7807 / 51°46'50"N

Longitude: -2.3875 / 2°23'15"W

OS Eastings: 373362

OS Northings: 209190

OS Grid: SO733091

Mapcode National: GBR 0KM.964

Mapcode Global: VH94N.KHPR

Entry Name: Fretherne War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 January 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1462045

Location: Fretherne with Saul, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL2

County: Gloucestershire

District: Stroud

Civil Parish: Fretherne with Saul

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire


A First World War memorial, erected in about 1920; altered by the addition of two further names after the Second World War.


A First World War memorial, erected in about 1920; altered by the addition of two further names after the Second World War.


DESCRIPTION: the memorial, about 4m high, takes the form of a Latin cross surmounted on a collared shaft which rises from a square plinth. This is set on a three-stepped base, the bottom step of which is deep and has a low step abutting its north side. The cross shaft has carved flowers running up the chamfered edges.

The north face of the plinth lists the names of the six men of the parish who died during the First World War. The east face bears the inscription (CROSS)/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN EVER/ GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ FRETHERNE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR/ KING & COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR A.D. 1914-1919/ (CROSS). The south face reads (CROSS)/ 25 MEN OF FRETHERNE SERVED IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ (CROSS), while the west face reads (CROSS)/ GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN/ HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS ST JOHN XV 13. One name of each of the two men who fell in the Second World War is incised into the north and east faces of the top step of the base.


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 750,000 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 Fretherne as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by six members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Fretherne War Memorial dates from 1920. It commemorates six local men who died in the First World War and also makes reference to a further 25 local men who served in the conflict. Following the Second World War, the names of two fallen from that conflict were added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Fretherne War Memorial, which stands outside the Church of St Mary, is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the church’s community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* for its design, a well-executed stone cross with carved detailing and good inscriptions.

Group value:

* with the Grade-II* listed Church of St Mary, outside whose churchyard it stands.

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