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War Memorials

This summer Historic England South East attended a ceremony at Bognor Regis and District war memorial.

Earlier this year the memorial was listed Grade II after a project by Year 3 children at St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Bognor Regis. As part of their WWI topic the children carried out a condition survey of the memorial and wrote an application to Historic England to have it considered for listing.

The moving ceremony told the story of the Battle of Boars’s Head known as the “day that Sussex died” which took place on the 30 June 1916, one day before the battle of the Somme. Of the 366 who died on that day around 70% were from Sussex. 

Remembering the ten men from Bognor

As well as applying for the listing the children from St Mary’s worked on a project to discover more about the ten men from Bognor who died in the Battle. Their work, which was part of a wider Heritage Lottery Funded Project, was on display at the Town Hall.

Display panels showing information and pictures of men from Bognor who died at the Battle of Boar's Head.
The children's research into the ten men from Bognor who died at the battle © Historic England

Certificates for the children

After the ceremony the children were presented with certificates by the Mayor of Bognor and Historic England's Local Engagement Officer Steffi Dance-Groom.

The children from St Mary’s should be very proud of the work they have done not only in succeeding in having the war memorial listed but in presenting the stories behind the names on the memorial. Their work is an inspiration to other children and communities across the south east”.

Steffi Dance-Groom, Local Engagement Adviser for Historic England

Protect you local war memorial

Bognor Regis and District war memorial is among hundreds to be listed over the last year through Historic England's pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018, marking the centenary of the First World War. To do this we need you to put forward your local war memorial for listing. Find out more about how community groups and individuals are listing memorials and the grants currently available via the War Memorials Trust as well as our Heritage Schools programme.

Follow us on Twitter @HE_SouthEast to keep up to date with all the latest war memorial listings, news and pictures from the region.

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