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Fladbury and Throckmorton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Fladbury, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1141 / 52°6'50"N

Longitude: -2.0073 / 2°0'26"W

OS Eastings: 399596

OS Northings: 246195

OS Grid: SO995461

Mapcode National: GBR 2JQ.HB2

Mapcode Global: VHB0S.5455

Entry Name: Fladbury and Throckmorton War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 February 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1462267

Location: Fladbury, Wychavon, Worcestershire, WR10

County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon

Civil Parish: Fladbury

Built-Up Area: Fladbury

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Summary


A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1919, with later addition for the Second World War.

Description

A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1919, with later addition for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION
The memorial is situated in a prominent roadside location in the centre of Fladbury, to the south-west of the Church of St John the Baptist. It comprises a small, stone Latin cross surmounted on a tapering, square column which is set upon a tall, square pedestal and a two-stepped base. It stands approximately 4.5m high.

The main inscription is on the east face of the plinth and reads: IN HONOUR OF/ MEN OF FLADBURY/ HILL & MOOR & THROCKMORTON/ WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919./ THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY/ THEIR FELLOW PARISHIONERS/ AND FRIENDS, A.D. 1919./ THE CASUALTIES AMONG 102 MEN/ ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN FRANCE/ FLANDERS, ITALY, THE BALKAN STATES/ GALLIPOLI EGYPT, PALESTINE, AND/ MESOPOTAMIA WERE-/
KILLED OR DIED OF DISEASE 25/
WOUNDED 30/
INVALIDED 5/
PRISONERS OF WAR 8/
TOTAL 68;

(north face) GAVE THEIR LIVES/ (25 NAMES);

(west face) ON ACTIVE SERVICE OVERSEAS/ (59 NAMES);

(south face) OVERSEAS CONTD./ (19 NAMES)/ RETAINED ON HOME SERVICE/ (7 NAMES)/ SERVED AT HOME/ (3 NAMES)/ IN TRAINING/ (7 NAMES).

The lower section of the pedestal (east face) is inscribed: ALSO THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945/ (10 NAMES).


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 Fladbury as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the parishes of Fladbury Hill and Moor and Throckmorton in the First World War. It commemorates the servicemen who lost their lives during the conflict, but also those who survived, including men who were wounded, invalided or prisoners of war. The memorial was erected by public subscription and was unveiled on Saturday 13 December 1919 by Commander Eyres-Monsell MP.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Fladbury and Throckmorton War Memorial 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 sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:
* it is a dignified and well-carved commemorative structure.

Group value:
* with the Grade II-listed The Post Office and Tolleys and The Anchor Inn.

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