Aldringham War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1458623
Date first listed:
12-Sep-2018
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Andrew, Church Lane, Aldringham, Suffolk, IP16 4QT

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Location

Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Andrew, Church Lane, Aldringham, Suffolk, IP16 4QT

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

County:
Suffolk
District:
Suffolk Coastal (District Authority)
Parish:
Aldringham cum Thorpe
National Grid Reference:
TM4517960226

Summary

First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Aldringham War Memorial, which stands at the south side of the churchyard of the Church of St Andrew, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as an elaborate and well-executed example of a calvary cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Andrew (Grade II) and the Ogilvie Almshouses (Grade II).

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 at Aldringham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by one member of the local community who lost his life in the First World War. This memorial also commemorates others who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Details

First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION: Aldringham memorial stands at the south side of the churchyard at the end of an avenue of clipped yew trees, close to the Church of St Andrew (Grade II) and the Ogilvie Almshouses (Grade II).

The memorial comprises an elaborately carved stone calvary cross with a tapering octagonal shaft and octagonal foot on an octagonal plinth and two-stepped octagonal base.

The main inscription in incised and black-painted lettering on the plinth reads: (north-east face) “YEA THOU I WALK/ THROUGH THE VALLEY/ OF THE SHADOW/ OF DEATH/ I WILL FEAR NO EVIL/ FOR/ THOU ART WITH ME” (north face) IN/ PROUD AND LOVING/ MEMORY/ OF/ LIEUTENANT/ ALEXANDER WALTER/ OGILVIE/ (MT ATTACHED/ 65TH SIEGE BATTERY)/ WHO GAVE HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS COUNTRY/ OCTOBER 30TH 1918 (north-west face) AND/ IN LASTING/ REMEMBRANCE/ OF/ THAT GREAT HOST/ OF/ HEROES/ WHO MADE/ THE/ SUPREME SACRIFICE/ 1914 –1918 (west face) AND/ ALSO TO THE/ SUCCEEDING/ GENERATION/ WHO MADE/ THE/ LIKE SACRIFICE/ 1939 – 1945.

Sources

Websites
War Memorial Register, accessed 2 April 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/5419
War Memorials Online , accessed 2 April 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/205355/

Legal

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

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