Mosborough War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462453
Date first listed:
20-Feb-2019
Statutory Address:
St Mark's Church, High Street, Mosborough, South Yorkshire, S20 5AE

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Location

Statutory Address:
St Mark's Church, High Street, Mosborough, South Yorkshire, S20 5AE

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

District:
Sheffield (Metropolitan Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SK4262081041

Summary

War memorial commemorating the First World War and Second World War, 1920, designer unknown.

Reasons for Designation

Mosborough War Memorial commemorating the First World War and Second World War, 1920, designer unknown, 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 made in the First World War and the Second World War.

Architectural interest: * a dignified and attractive memorial in the form of a Celtic cross in Aberdeen granite with decorative raised knot work detailing, providing a fitting tribute to the lives lost.

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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 war memorial was raised at Mosborough as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

In October 1918 a public meeting was held in Mosborough to decide upon a memorial to the local men who had recently lost their lives in the First World War. Initial discussions decided it should take the form of a public hall with a suite of rooms for parochial purposes. It is not known when this plan was replaced with a memorial cross, but Mosborough War Memorial was unveiled on 13 June 1920 with a service presided over by the Revd W R Hewson, Rector of Eckington. The memorial recorded the names of 45 local men who died in the First World War.

After the Second World War the names of 21 casualties were added to the memorial. A further four First World War casualties were later added to the memorial, as was the name of an airman in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, who died in the Second World War.

In 2013 the war memorial was cleaned and renovated to improve the legibility of the lettering.

Details

War memorial commemorating the First World War and Second World War, 1920, designer unknown.

MATERIALS: Aberdeen granite, stone.

PLAN: a cross set on a tapering, square base on a square plinth and standing on two square steps.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands within the grounds of St Mark’s Church. It takes the form of a tapering Celtic cross in Aberdeen granite with lead lettering painted black. The front, west face of the cross has a raised knot work design to the cross head and an incised border to the shaft with a raised knot work panel at the base. The shaft stands on a deep, tapering base. The west face of the base has the lettering IN / MEMORY OF / THE FALLEN / OF / MOSBOROUGH / 1914 – 1918. The north, south and east faces of the base bear the names of the regiments the 49 men belonged to, their rank, first names and surnames.

The west face of square, granite plinth has the dates 1939-1945 and the first names and surnames of 21 men. It stands on two stone steps, the west face of the top step inscribed NEW ZEALAND and a name.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: Mosborough Memorial, reference:27517, accessed 15/01/2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/27517
Mosborough War Memorial, Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 24 October 1918, p3., accessed 15/01/2019 from https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000250/19181024/095/0003
Unveiling of Mosborough's War Memorial, Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 14 June 1920, p5., accessed 15/01/2019 from https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000250/19200614/144/0005
War Memorials Online: Mosborough War Memorial, reference:148048, accessed 15/01/2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/148048

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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