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Listed: a Memorial to Passchendaele and a Simple Cross in a Parish Churchyard

The memorial to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in Bodmin commemorates the heavy loss of life the regiment suffered at the Battle of Passchendaele in July 2017. By contrast, Bow Parish War Memorial commemorates just 12 men, representing a huge loss for a small rural hamlet in Devon. Both memorials are important reminders of the sacrifices made in the First World War.

Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Memorial, Castle Canyke Road, Bodmin, Cornwall has been upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*
Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Memorial, Castle Canyke Road, Bodmin, Cornwall has been upgraded from Grade II to Grade II* © Historic England Archive DP196388

Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry War Memorial listed at Grade II*

The memorial to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in Bodmin, Cornwall, has been upgraded to Grade II*.  This means that it's particularly important and of more than special interest - only 5.8% of listed buildings and structures are given this category of listing. 

Designed in 1922 by Leonard Stanford Merrifield and erected in 1924, the memorial comprises a bronze statue of an infantryman about to throw a grenade. It is unusual in depicting a soldier poised to take action, and includes a very rare depiction of a gas mask.

The memorial was raised by the regiment to commemorate the 4,282 men of the regiment killed in the First World War. The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry served in a number of theatres throughout the war, and suffered particularly heavy losses during the Third Battle of Ypres (the Battle of Passchendaele), with one battalion reduced to a fighting strength of 70 men by the 6th November 1917.

First listed in 1994, the memorial was upgraded to Grade II* to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Bow Parish War Memorial Cross is listed at Grade II

Bow Parish War Memorial Cross stands outside St Bartholomew’s Church in Nymet Tracey, a rural hamlet in Mid Devon. 

The memorial comprises a tall, rough-hewn granite Latin cross rising from a tapering plinth which stands on a three-stepped base.

Simple yet poignant, the memorial was raised as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 12 men from Bow parish who lost their lives in the First World War. 

Following the Second World War the names of four local men who died in that conflict were added to the base of the memorial cross.

Bow Parish War Memorial, Devon
Grade II Listed Bow Parish War Memorial, Devon © Historic England

Get involved! Help protect the South West's war memorials by 2018

Built by communities in the years following the conflict, memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss the First World War brought about. 

One hundred years on, it's time to come together again to ensure our memorials are in good condition, and recognised and protected by listing where appropriate.

Use the links below to find out how you can get your local war memorial listed and repaired.

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