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Bodenham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bodenham, Hereford, County of Herefordshire

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Latitude: 52.1565 / 52°9'23"N

Longitude: -2.688 / 2°41'16"W

OS Eastings: 353031

OS Northings: 251140

OS Grid: SO530511

Mapcode National: GBR FM.67VT

Mapcode Global: VH859.C2B4

Plus Code: 9C4V5846+JR

Entry Name: Bodenham War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 June 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1462186

Location: Bodenham, County of Herefordshire, HR1

County: County of Herefordshire

Civil Parish: Bodenham

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire


A war memorial of 1921 date constructed of stone.


A war memorial of 1921 date.

MATERIALS: constructed of stone.

DESCRIPTION: comprising a plain Latin cross on a slender tapering octagonal shaft with a small square plinth and four-stepped base. The main inscription in incised and black-painted lettering reads: THIS CROSS IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF/ BODENHAM WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914–1919./ “LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT THAT THEIR NAMES/ BE NOT FORGOTTEN”. The names of the 24 parishioners who died in the First World War are inscribed on the other three faces of the plinth.


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. One such memorial was raised at Bodenham 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 by Major General Sir Elliott Wood and dedicated by the Bishop of Hereford on 19 March 1921. The memorial stands in a prominent roadside location, close to the remains of a medieval Market Cross (listed at Grade II).

Reasons for Listing

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

Historic interest:

* it is an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* it is a well detailed war memorial in the form of a Latin cross.

Group value:

* it has group value with the remains of a medieval Market Cross (Grade II) and other listed buildings in this part of the village.

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