Hathern War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Hathern Cemetery, off Green Hill Rise and Hawthorne Avenue, Hathern, Leicestershire, LE12 5LR


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Statutory Address:
Hathern Cemetery, off Green Hill Rise and Hawthorne Avenue, Hathern, Leicestershire, LE12 5LR

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Charnwood (District Authority)
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First World War memorial, built 1920; with later additions.

Reasons for Designation

Hathern War Memorial of 1920 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 simple but well-executed and decorative granite pillar.


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 750,000 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 Hathern, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 21 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The parishioners of Hathern discussed the possibility of establishing a village hall as its war memorial, but had abandoned the idea by September 1919. Instead, they embarked on fundraising for a more-affordable scheme of a freestanding monument and a plaque in the parish church.

Hathern War Memorial is situated within the village cemetery, and commemorates the 21 local servicemen who fell in the First World War; three of these names were added later. The memorial was unveiled on Saturday 10 July 1920, by General Burn-Murdoch, and the benediction was given by the Reverend JG Lawrance. The memorial cost £160 and was funded by public donations.

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the seven men who fell in that conflict, and later dedications commemorate two soldiers who died in conflicts in Cyprus and Egypt.


First World War memorial, built 1920; with later additions.

DESCRIPTION: Hathern War Memorial is located in the village cemetery off Green Hill Rise. It is prominently situated in the west end of the cemetery, at the end of a processional route and inside a circular enclosure with a stone kerb.

The memorial comprises a polished Aberdeen-granite square-section pillar with a moulded foot, standing upon a simple square base. It has a pedimented hewn-granite capstone surmounted by a Latin cross.

The inscription is in incised and gilded lettering and reads: IN / HONOURED MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE / GREAT WAR OF 1914-1918 followed by the 21 names of those who fell and, on the plinth below, the inscriptions ‘FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH’/ ALSO OF and a further name.

On the other faces of the memorial are inscribed IN / HONOURED MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE / WORLD WAR OF 1939-1945 and the names of the seven parishioners who fell in that conflict; and two soldiers who fell in conflicts in Egypt and Cyprus in the 1950s.


Imperial War Museums War Memorials Register: Hathern , accessed 24/05/2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/37802
Leicestershire County Council’s Leicestershire & Rutland War Memorials Project , accessed 24/05/2019 from http://www.leicestershirewarmemorials.co.uk/war/memorials/view/525
War Memorials Online: Hathern , accessed 24/05/2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/201315/
Leicester Daily Post, ‘Hathern: War Memorial’, Monday 8 September 1919, p.6.
Loughborough Echo, ‘Unveiling Hathern War Memorial’, Friday 16 July 1920, p.8.


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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