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Name:Fladbury War Memorial
HER Reference:WSM66730
Type of record:Building
Grid Reference:SO 995 461
Map Sheet:SO94NE
Parish:Fladbury, Wychavon, Worcestershire

Monument Types

  • WAR MEMORIAL (20TH CENTURY AD to 21ST CENTURY AD - 1919 AD to 2050 AD)

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Full description

Stone, 3 stepped base, inscribed plinth, tapered shaft, Latin cross, 130 names, WW1 & WW2. Unveiled December 1919, cleaned & restored 1996. [1][2]

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Fladbury as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the parishes of Fladbury Hill and Moor and Throckmorton in the First World War. It commemorates the servicemen who lost their lives during the conflict, but also those who survived, including men who were wounded, invalided or prisoners of war. The memorial was erected by public subscription and was unveiled on Saturday 13 December 1919 by Commander Eyres-Monsell MP.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Details:
A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1919, with later addition for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION The memorial is situated in a prominent roadside location in the centre of Fladbury, to the south-west of the Church of St John the Baptist. It comprises a small, stone Latin cross surmounted on a tapering, square column which is set upon a tall, square pedestal and a two-stepped base. It stands approximately 4.5m high.

The main inscription is on the east face of the plinth and reads: IN HONOUR OF/ MEN OF FLADBURY/ HILL & MOOR & THROCKMORTON/ WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919./ THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY/ THEIR FELLOW PARISHIONERS/ AND FRIENDS, A.D. 1919./ THE CASUALTIES AMONG 102 MEN/ ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN FRANCE/ FLANDERS, ITALY, THE BALKAN STATES/ GALLIPOLI EGYPT, PALESTINE, AND/ MESOPOTAMIA WERE-/ KILLED OR DIED OF DISEASE 25/ WOUNDED 30/ INVALIDED 5/ PRISONERS OF WAR 8/ TOTAL 68;

(north face) GAVE THEIR LIVES/ (25 NAMES);

(west face) ON ACTIVE SERVICE OVERSEAS/ (59 NAMES);

(south face) OVERSEAS CONTD./ (19 NAMES)/ RETAINED ON HOME SERVICE/ (7 NAMES)/ SERVED AT HOME/ (3 NAMES)/ IN TRAINING/ (7 NAMES).

The lower section of the pedestal (east face) is inscribed: ALSO THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945/ (10 NAMES).

The war memorial was designated Grade II on the 20th February 2019. The principal reasons for designation are:

Historic interest:
*as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the 20th century.

Architectural interest:
* it is a dignified and well-carved commemorative structure.

Group value:
* with the Grade II-listed The Post Office and Tolleys and The Anchor Inn. [3]

Sources and further reading

<1>Internet Site: Remember the Fallen. Unknown. Remember the Fallen.
<2>Digital archive: Imperial War Museum. 1989-present. United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials. Imperial War Museum. 3136.
<3>Digital archive: English Heritage. Reg updates. THE NATIONAL HERITAGE LIST FOR ENGLAND. English Heritage.