Walsall Wood War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
St John's Churchyard, High Street, Walsall Wood, Walsall, WS9 9LP


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Statutory Address:
St John's Churchyard, High Street, Walsall Wood, Walsall, WS9 9LP

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

Walsall (Metropolitan Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:


First World War memorial, 1920s.

Reasons for Designation

Walsall Wood 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.

Architectural interest:

* as a well-composed memorial with good quality decorative detailing, which survives unaltered.


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 Walsall Wood as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Details of the erection of the memorial are unknown, though it was likely to have been built within the few years after the war ended, and to have been paid for by public subscription. The memorial was originally enclosed by low rails on granite corner posts; these have been removed.


First World War memorial, 1920s.

PLAN: the memorial stands in the churchyard to the south-east of St John’s Church.

MATERIALS: constructed from limestone.

DESCRIPTION: it takes the form of a stone Celtic cross with knotwork carved in relief on the south-east face of the cross head. The tapering cross shaft rises from a moulded plinth on a two-stepped base. The south-east face of the cross shaft bears in inscription in lead lettering: ‘TO THE / GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF THE / WALSALL WOOD MEN / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / HONOUR AND FREEDOM / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 / ‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN / THAN THIS / THAT A MAN LAY DOWN / HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS’ / THEIR DEEDS WILL LIVE / FOR EVERMORE’. The names of the First World War fallen, numbering 112, are listed on the other three faces of the plinth. A further name is recorded on the south-east face of the top step of the base.


'St John's Church Walsall Wood' (ref WMO164433), War Memorials Online, accessed 18/12/2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/164433
'Walsall Wood Church Cross', Imperial War Memorials Register, accessed 18/12/2018 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/17635


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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