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Rushmere St Andrew War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Rushmere St Andrew, Suffolk

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0691 / 52°4'8"N

Longitude: 1.2028 / 1°12'10"E

OS Eastings: 619612

OS Northings: 246032

OS Grid: TM196460

Mapcode National: GBR VP2.BWQ

Mapcode Global: VHLBT.S8R5

Plus Code: 9F433693+J4

Entry Name: Rushmere St Andrew War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 April 2020

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1469902

Location: Rushmere St. Andrew, East Suffolk, Suffolk, IP5

County: Suffolk

District: East Suffolk

Town: East Suffolk

Civil Parish: Rushmere St. Andrew

Built-Up Area: Rushmere St Andrew

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Summary


First World War memorial erected by Messrs Frewer and Moss and unveiled 11 April 1920 by Lieutenant-Colonel F W Turner.

Description

First World War memorial erected by Messrs Frewer and Moss and unveiled 11 April 1920 by Lieutenant-Colonel F W Turner.

MATERIALS: pale grey granite.

PLAN: the memorial stands in St Andrew’s churchyard to the south of the Grade II* listed church.

EXTERIOR: it is in the form of a plain Celtic cross with a tapering shaft supported on a tapering plinth with a two-stepped base. The inscription on the east face of the plinth reads: IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ (18 names). On the upper step is inscribed FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH. Eleven names are inscribed on the south face of the plinth, and ten are inscribed on the north face.

History

The aftermath of the First World War that was the great age of memorial building, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 Rushmere St Andrew as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 39 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was erected by Messrs Frewer and Moss and was unveiled on Sunday 11 April 1920 by Lieutenant-Colonel F W Turner.

Reasons for Listing

Rushmere St Andrew War Memorial, 1920 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.

Group value:

* it has group value with the Grade II* listed Church of St Andrew.

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