Fladbury and Throckmorton War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462267
Date first listed:
20-Feb-2019
Statutory Address:
Church Street, Junction of Anchor Lane, Fladbury, Worcestershire, WR10 2QB

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Location

Statutory Address:
Church Street, Junction of Anchor Lane, Fladbury, Worcestershire, WR10 2QB

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

County:
Worcestershire
District:
Wychavon (District Authority)
Parish:
Fladbury
National Grid Reference:
SO9959646195

Summary

A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1919, with later addition for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Fladbury and Throckmorton 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 this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest: * it is a dignified and well-carved commemorative structure.

Group value: * with the Grade II-listed The Post Office and Tolleys and The Anchor Inn.

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Fladbury as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the parishes of Fladbury Hill and Moor and Throckmorton in the First World War. It commemorates the servicemen who lost their lives during the conflict, but also those who survived, including men who were wounded, invalided or prisoners of war. The memorial was erected by public subscription and was unveiled on Saturday 13 December 1919 by Commander Eyres-Monsell MP.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Details

A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1919, with later addition for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION The memorial is situated in a prominent roadside location in the centre of Fladbury, to the south-west of the Church of St John the Baptist. It comprises a small, stone Latin cross surmounted on a tapering, square column which is set upon a tall, square pedestal and a two-stepped base. It stands approximately 4.5m high.

The main inscription is on the east face of the plinth and reads: IN HONOUR OF/ MEN OF FLADBURY/ HILL & MOOR & THROCKMORTON/ WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919./ THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY/ THEIR FELLOW PARISHIONERS/ AND FRIENDS, A.D. 1919./ THE CASUALTIES AMONG 102 MEN/ ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN FRANCE/ FLANDERS, ITALY, THE BALKAN STATES/ GALLIPOLI EGYPT, PALESTINE, AND/ MESOPOTAMIA WERE-/ KILLED OR DIED OF DISEASE 25/ WOUNDED 30/ INVALIDED 5/ PRISONERS OF WAR 8/ TOTAL 68;

(north face) GAVE THEIR LIVES/ (25 NAMES);

(west face) ON ACTIVE SERVICE OVERSEAS/ (59 NAMES);

(south face) OVERSEAS CONTD./ (19 NAMES)/ RETAINED ON HOME SERVICE/ (7 NAMES)/ SERVED AT HOME/ (3 NAMES)/ IN TRAINING/ (7 NAMES).

The lower section of the pedestal (east face) is inscribed: ALSO THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945/ (10 NAMES).

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: 3136, accessed 3 January 2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/3136
War Memorials Online: 232609, accessed 3 January 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/232609/
Worcestershire and Worcester City HER, Fladbury War Memorial, Ref. WSM66730, accessed 14 February 2019 from http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MWR54447&resourceID=1035

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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