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Wick War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wick, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1062 / 52°6'22"N

Longitude: -2.056 / 2°3'21"W

OS Eastings: 396263

OS Northings: 245317

OS Grid: SO962453

Mapcode National: GBR 2JN.WJ9

Mapcode Global: VHB0R.9BY7

Entry Name: Wick War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 February 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1462341

Location: Wick, Wychavon, Worcestershire, WR10

County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon

Civil Parish: Wick

Built-Up Area: Wick

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Summary


A First World War memorial dating from around 1920, altered following the Second World War.

Description

A First World War memorial dating from around 1920, altered following the Second World War.

MATERIALS AND PLAN: the memorial is built of stone. It stands in the churchyard of St Mary's Church, adjacent to the lychgate and a medieval cross.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a Latin cross on a substantial tapering column with an elaborately carved capital, an octagonal plinth and a three-stepped octagonal base. On the face of the cross is a relief-carved Sword of Sacrifice.

The main inscription on the plinth reads:
(west face) TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN EVER/ GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN/ OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR THE HONOUR/ AND LIBERTY/ OF THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919/ R.I.P./

(north-west face) (6 NAMES)/ 1939-1945/ (1 NAME)
(south-west face) (6 NAMES)/ 1939-1945/ (1 NAME)

(upper step of base, on north-west, north and south-west faces) THEIR NAME/ LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE

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 Wick as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 12 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The names of two parishioners who fell during the Second World War were added to the memorial following that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Wick 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20

Architectural interest:

* the memorial is a dignified and sombre stone cross, neatly made and well-proportioned.

Group value:

* it has strong group value with other listed buildings nearby, including St Mary's Church, the lychgate and the medieval cross.

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