War memorial within the churchyard of Parish Church of St Lawrence

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1468891
Date first listed:
03-Apr-2020
Location Description:
Undercliff Drive, Isle of Wight, PO38 1XJ

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Location

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

Location Description:
Undercliff Drive, Isle of Wight, PO38 1XJ
District:
Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Ventnor
National Grid Reference:
SZ5374676579

Summary

First World War memorial, inscriptions and names were added from the Second World War and the Malaysian Emergency.

Reasons for Designation

The War Memorial within the churchyard of Parish Church of St Lawrence, Ventnor, Isle of Wight 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:

* it incorporates a well-carved cross.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Lawrence (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. One such memorial was raised at St Lawrence as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War. It commemorates the twelve local men who died during the First World War, seven in the Second World War and one in the Malaysian Emergency.

Details

First World War memorial, inscriptions and names were added from the Second World War and the Malaysian Emergency.

MATERIAL: limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a wheel cross with floriated terminals on a sharply tapered plinth and square base on a rubble mound. Inscribed on the arms of the cross is LEST WE FORGET and at the base of the shaft IN/ HONOURED/ MEMORY/ OF. The front face of the plinth reads (NAMES)/ WHO WENT FROM THE UNDERCLIFF AND/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919/ THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED BY THE RESIDENTS OF/ ST LAWRENCE IN DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO THE BRAVE/ MEN WHO HAVE FALLEN AND WITH SINCERE SYMPATHY/ WITH THOSE WHO ARE LEFT TO MOURN THEIR LOSS. The front face of the base of the cross bears the inscription THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. The side of the plinth reads ALSO IN MEMORY OF/ THOSE MEN OF/ ST LAWRENCE WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM/ IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES)/ AND IN/ MALAYA 1948/ (NAME).

Sources

Websites
Inventory of War Memorials : St Lawrence War Memorial, accessed 17 January 2020 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/21848
St Lawrence War Memorial, accessed 17 January 2020 from www.isle-of-wight-memorials.org.uk/churches/stlawrence1.htm
War Memorials Online: St Lawrence War Memorial, accessed 17 January 2020 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/251746
Other
4898 - MIW6395, War Memorial, Isle of Wight County Archaeology and Historic Environment Service Monument Full Report

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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