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Latitude: 52.1151 / 52°6'54"N
Longitude: 1.092 / 1°5'31"E
OS Eastings: 611799
OS Northings: 250814
OS Grid: TM117508
Mapcode National: GBR TM1.6XD
Mapcode Global: VHLBK.W34F
Plus Code: 9F43438R+2Q
Entry Name: Great Blakenham War Memorial
Listing Date: 15 January 2020
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1467908
Location: Great Blakenham, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk, IP6
District: Mid Suffolk
Civil Parish: Great Blakenham
Built-Up Area: Great Blakenham
Traditional County: Suffolk
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk
A stone war memorial cross of 1920 date.
A war memorial of 1920 date.
MATERIALS: constructed of a granite cross and York stone base.
DESCRIPTION: comprising a short wheel cross set atop a tall circular stone column standing on a square plinth with chamfered corners. The column rests on a four-stepped stone base set within a flowerbed.
The main inscription is in leaded lettering on the west face of the plinth and reads: TO/ THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE/ OF/ THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The names of the First World War fallen are listed on the south and east faces of the plinth, with the names on the east face being followed by the sentence: "OUR DEAD THROUGH WHOM WE LIVE." The inscription on the north face of the plinth reads: ERECTED/ BY THE/ PARISHIONERS/ OF/ GREAT BLAKENHAM.
A later stone tablet has been affixed to the west front of the top two steps, on which is inscribed: AND/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).
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. The memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised at Great Blakenham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 13 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was erected by Mr Charles Mee (builder) and was unveiled on Sunday 29 August 1920 by Brigadier-General AL Schreiber CB CMG DSO.
The names of the six parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.
Great Blakenham War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* 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.
* it is a well-detailed war memorial in the form of a stone cross.
* it has group value with the Church of St Mary (listed at Grade I).
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