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Hoobrook War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3702 / 52°22'12"N

Longitude: -2.2442 / 2°14'38"W

OS Eastings: 383472

OS Northings: 274713

OS Grid: SO834747

Mapcode National: GBR 1CZ.9G6

Mapcode Global: VH91V.1PYC

Entry Name: Hoobrook War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 March 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1462776

Location: Kidderminster, Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, DY10

County: Worcestershire

District: Wyre Forest

Civil Parish: Kidderminster

Built-Up Area: Kidderminster

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Summary


A First World War memorial, built after 1927.

Description

The memorial stands on a grassed area beside the Old Chester Road.

The memorial comprises an obelisk with a gently tapering square plinth and roughly-carved square base. The south face of the obelisk bears a relief-carved laurel wreath within which in raised lettering is the inscription 1914/1919. Beneath this in raised lettering is inscribed PRO PATRIA.

The main inscription is on a slate plaque on the south face of the plinth and reads:
TO THE GLORY/ OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO GAVE THEIR SERVICES/ AND OF/ (1 NAME)/ WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919/ THIS STONE IS ERECTED BY/ THE INHABITANTS OF/ HOO BROOK.

Further inscriptions in incised lettering read on the west face 18 names; east face 18 names; and on the north face 2 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 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 Hoobrook in Worcestershire, commemorating Private Francis Perry who lost his life in the First World War, and 38 other members of the local community in memory of their services in that war. The memorial was originally erected to the west of its present location, across Old Chester Road South. The date of its relocation is unknown.


Reasons for Listing

Hoobrook War Memorial, which stands beside the Old Chester Road, 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 First World War.

Architectural interest:

* as a simple yet evocative example of an obelisk type of memorial.

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