Stradbroke War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1470189
Date first listed:
11-May-2020
Statutory Address:
All Saints Churchyard, Junction of Church Street and Queen Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk, IP21 5HX

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Location

Statutory Address:
All Saints Churchyard, Junction of Church Street and Queen Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk, IP21 5HX

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

County:
Suffolk
District:
Mid Suffolk (District Authority)
Parish:
Stradbroke
National Grid Reference:
TM2316073939

Summary

First World War memorial, 1922.

Reasons for Designation

The Stradbroke 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 dignified, well-constructed monument which survives unaltered.

Group value:

* with the Church of All Saints (Grade II*) and the numerous other listed buildings in the village centre.

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 the official policy of not repatriating the dead: memorials, therefore, provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Stradbroke as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was designed by Mrs Upcher, and the builder was Frank D Howard. It was unveiled during a ceremony on Sunday 30 July 1922 by Lord Henniker and dedicated by Bishop Wood.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War and the war in Afghanistan were subsequently added to the memorial. In 2019 the name Ethel Tate was added to the memorial; Tate, daughter of the local rector, was a nurse who lost her life in the First World War.

Details

First World War memorial, 1922. MATERIALS: constructed from Aberdeen granite.

PLAN: located at the south-west corner of the churchyard of the Church of All Saints.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a cross within a laurel wreath, atop a tapering square shaft on a substantial square plinth and single-stepped base. It is set within a small enclosure formed by a brick wall and is approached from the south-west via four paved steps.

The main inscription in leaded lettering on the south-west face of the plinth reads: ‘ERECTED IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO FOUGHT AND DIED / FOR KING, COUNTRY, LIBERTY / AND JUSTICE / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 / GREATER LOVE HATH NO / MAN THAN THIS, / THAT A MAN LAY DOWN / HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND / JOHN: XV, 13’. The names of the 17 men who died in the First World War are on the north-west and south-east faces of the plinth, and in 2019 the name of a nurse was added.

Additional inscriptions commemorate the lives lost in the Second World War and the war in Afghanistan.

Sources

Websites
Order of Service for the unveiling of the War Memorial, Stradbroke Village Archive , accessed 30/03/2020 from http://stradbrokearchive.org.uk/items/show/1056
Stradbroke Cross, ref WMO175589, War Memorials Online , accessed 30/03/2020 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/175589/
Stradbroke, ref 4658, Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register, accessed 30/03/2020 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/4658

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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