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Corton 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: Corton War Memorial

List entry Number: 1438669

Location

Burial Ground, Corton, Boyton, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 0SY

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:

District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Boyton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 18-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, circa 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Corton 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; * Design: a well-executed stone cross.

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, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised in a prominent position within the burial ground at Corton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. After the Second World War, the names of the men of the parish who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.

Details

First World War memorial, circa 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

MATERIALS: Stone.

DESCRIPTION: A tall, tapering, stone Latin cross of octagonal section, with plain terminals to the arms, and a moulded collar at the base, which stands on an octagonal plinth above a three-stepped octagonal base, on a square platform.

One face of the plinth is inscribed IN/ HONOURED/ MEMORY.

Two faces to the left of this, the plinth is inscribed 1914-1918 followed by the names, ranks and regiments of the six men who died in that conflict, which run over the faces to either side, PASS FRIEND/ ALL'S WELL.

Two faces to the right, the plinth is inscribed 1939 - 1945 followed by the names, ranks and regiments of the five casualties of that war, which run over the faces to either side.

The riser of the top step of the base is inscribed HE ON A CROSS AND THEY IN CRUEL STRIFE / THEIR LIVES LAID DOWN THAT OTHERS MIGHT HAVE LIFE.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 25 July 2017.

Selected Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online, accessed 16 December 2016 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/159096
War Memorials Register, accessed 25 July 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/72775

National Grid Reference: ST9331440521

Map

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