This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

Hemel Hempstead War Memorial

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: Hemel Hempstead War Memorial

List entry Number: 1436994

Location

Corner of St John's Road and Station Road, Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 1JY

The listed building(s) is/are shown coloured blue on the attached map. Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (‘the Act’), structures attached to or within the curtilage of the listed building (save those coloured blue on the map) are not to be treated as part of the listed building for the purposes of the Act.

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Hertfordshire

District: Dacorum

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 21-Oct-2016

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Building

First World War memorial, with later additions for subsequent conflicts. Erected in 1921, after the First World War, with the names of the Fallen of the Second World War, Malayan Emergency, Aden Emergency, Falklands War and Afghanistan conflict subsequently added.

Reasons for Designation

Hemel Hempstead War Memorial, erected in 1921, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as a war memorial that has strong cultural and historic significance within both a local and national context; * Commemorative: it forms a poignant reminder of the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made during the First and Second World War, as well as several subsequent conflicts; * Design: a well-crafted St Chad’s Cross carved from limestone and set upon the capital of an octagonal column, which in-turn rests on a pedestal, chamfered plinth and stepped base; * Group value: with the Grade II-listed Church of St John the Evangelist.

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. One such memorial was erected in 1921 to commemorate 356 residents of Hemel Hempstead who died during the conflict. It was unveiled on 26 June 1921 by Lieutenant-Colonel Lovel Francis Smeethman, son of Lovel Smeathman, the town solicitor. He had lost two brothers during the war, both of which are recorded on the memorial. Following the Second World War, Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), Aden Emergency (1963-1967), Falklands War (1982) and the war in Afghanistan (2001-2014), tablets were added to commemorate those that lost their lives during those conflicts. The memorial was moved from its original location near a road intersection at the centre of Hemel Hempstead prior to 2003.

Details

First World War memorial, with later additions for subsequent conflicts. Erected in 1921, after the First World War, with the names of the Fallen of the Second World War, Malayan Emergency, Aden Emergency, Falklands War and Afghanistan conflict subsequently added.

MATERIALS: carved from limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands on a green at the corner of St John’s Road and Station Road, adjacent to the churchyard of the Church of St John the Evangelist. The memorial comprises a St Chad’s cross set on the capital of an octagonal column with a moulded and stepped base. It is supported by a square pedestal, a low chamfered plinth and a two-tier stepped base.

An inscription in black lettering runs around the four faces of the base of the column SACRIFICE/ 1914-1919,/ HONOUR/ VALOUR/ VICTORY. On the pedestal beneath it are limestone tablets bearing the names of 356 residents that died during the First World War. The plinth is inscribed 1939 – 1945 on each side and carries four tablets inscribed with the names of 151 residents that died during the Second World War, and four tablets inscribed MALAYA 1951-1953/ NAMES, ADEN 1965/ NAME, SOUTH ATLANTIC 1982/ NAMES, AFGHANISTAN 2001-/ NAMES, and AFGHANISTAN 2001/ NAME. There are the names of two residents that lost their lives during the Malayan Emergency, one resident during the Aden Emergency, two residents during the Falklands War, and three residents during the war in Afghanistan.



This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 12 January 2017.

Selected Sources

Websites
Genealogy in Hertfordshire, accessed 17 June 2016 from http://www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk/data/projects/londongunners/hemel-war-memorials.htm
Hemel at War, accessed 17 June 2016 from http://www.hemelatwar.org/HHMem.html
Roll of Honour, accessed 16 June 2016 from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Hertfordshire/Boxmoor.html
War Memorials Online, accessed 12 January 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/119663
War Memorials Register, accessed 17 June 2016 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/2955

National Grid Reference: TL0522506189

Map

Map
© Crown Copyright and database right 2017. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2017. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1436994 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 19-Nov-2017 at 01:08:47.

End of official listing