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HER Number:MDV104089
Name:Germansweek War Memorial

Summary

Memorial to those who served during World War I.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 439 942
Map Sheet:SX49SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGermansweek
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGERMANSWEEK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WAR MEMORIAL (World War I to XX - 1914 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

'War Meml' marked.


Brine, M. E., 2013, War Memorials (Website). SDV351333.

1914-1918 war memorial. The names are arranged under three categories - Killed, Died and Served.


Historic England, 2018, Germansweek War Memorial, c10m to the west of the Parish Hall, Germansweek, Beaworthy, Devon (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV360816.

Notification that the memorial has been added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It was recommended for listing 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 First World War.
Architectural interest: a simple yet poignant war memorial obelisk in granite; unusually, the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent.
Group value: with Bidlake Cottage and Paul’s Shop (both Grade II-listed).


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1452567 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Germansweek War Memorial
Summary of Building
First World War memorial granite obelisk, unveiled 1920.
Reasons for Designation
Germansweek War Memorial, which stands outside the Parish Hall, 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 First World War.
Architectural interest:
* a simple yet poignant war memorial obelisk in granite; * unusually, the memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent.
Group value:
* with Bidlake Cottage and Paul’s Shop (both Grade II-listed).
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 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 Germansweek as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Of the population of around 200, six men were killed or had died, whilst 29 other men had served and returned.
The obelisk, standing on an area of ground acquired to be a public space as part of the memorial scheme, was unveiled by Mrs Lambert on11 August 1920 during an open-air ecumenical service. The scheme was funded through public subscription, including a substantial donation from Mr TH Spry, and the obelisk was provided by William Lias of Okehampton. In the mid-C20 the memorial obelisk was moved to its present position, outside the Parish Hall.
Details
The granite memorial obelisk stands in a railed enclosure on an area of ground outside the Parish Hall (unlisted), opposite Bidlake Cottage (Grade II). The tapered, rough-hewn obelisk, square on plan, is surmounted by a pyramidal capstone and stands on a granite base. The whole is mounted on a concrete platform approached from the road by a gate to the front.
The principal dedicatory inscription to the front (north-east) face of the obelisk reads IN/ COMMEMORATION/ OF PEACE 1919,/ THIS PLOT OF LAND/ WAS ENCLOSED AS A/ PLEASURE GROUND/ AND ALSO THIS/ MEMORIAL ERECTED/ BY THE PARISHIONERS/ IN PERPETUAL MEMORY/ OF THOSE OF THIS/ PARISH WHO SERVED/ THEIR KING AND/ COUNTRY DURING THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918.
The list of commemorated names begins on the north-west face of the obelisk, reading KILLED/ (3 NAMES)/ DIED/ (2 NAMES)/ PRISONER OF WAR/ AT KUT/ (1 NAME)/ SERVED/ (3 NAMES) and continues on the other faces. All the inscriptions are in applied metal letters.
Date first listed: 25th January 2018

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #63558 ]
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV351333Website: Brine, M. E.. 2013. War Memorials. http://www.devonheritage.org/WarMemorials.htm. Website.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1452567.
SDV360816List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Historic England. 2018. Germansweek War Memorial, c10m to the west of the Parish Hall, Germansweek, Beaworthy, Devon. Notification of Addition to List. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 31 2018 10:55AM