Three war memorials among hundreds to be listed for centenary
THREE Buckinghamshire war memorials are 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.
The Lee War Memorial, Waddesdon War Memorial and Long Crendon War Memorial have all received a Grade II listing.
Built by communities in the years following the conflict, these memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss the First World War brought about.
One hundred years on, it is time to come together again to ensure the memorials are in good condition, and properly recognised by listing where appropriate.
Director of listing at Historic England Roger Bowdler said: “Researching, recording and recommending up to 2,500 more war memorials for listing over the next five years is a major task but one that Historic England is proud to undertake. These memorials will gain a place on the National Heritage List for England to tell the story of this country’s sacrifice and struggle.”
The Lee’s War Memorial, on The Green, was dedicated and unveiled on January 1, 1921 by the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Robert Wynn-Carington, Marquis of Lincolnshire.
The site had been presented by Lady Liberty and the memorial organised by a committee chaired by Captain Ivor Stewart-Liberty.
The cross commemorates 30 local servicemen who died in the First World War, including six pairs of brothers.
Following the Second World War, the names of 12 men who died during that conflict were added.
A metal plaque was subsequently fixed to the memorial commemorating nine men, named on the cross, who died at Fromelles on July 19, 1916.
Soil from their graves was brought back and is buried beneath the plaque.
Historic England has pledged to list a total of 2,500 war memorials over the centenary of the First World War.
To do this, the group needs members of the public to put their war A BRIDGE drive was run by the Lions Club in Amersham to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.
The sum of £600 was raised and Bob Clift, past President of Amersham Lions, presented the cheque to Allan Gormly a trustee of Cystic Fibrosis, pictured.
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This is all part of a wider partnership Historic England has forged with War Memorials Trust, Civic Voice and the Imperial War Museums to help communities discover, care for and conserve their local war memorials.
Working with volunteers across the country, the programme is providing up to £2million in grants for war memorial repair and conservation and forward for hundreds of workshops to teach people how to record their memorials and put them forward for listing.
The group’s goal is to see as many war memorials as possible are in a fitting condition for the centenary, and they remain cherished local landmarks for generations to come.
For more information on listing the war memorials visit www.historicengland. org .uk/ listing warmemorials.