Three war memo­ri­als among hun­dreds to be listed for cen­te­nary

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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.

Al­lan thanked the Lions for their do­na­tion to this very worth­while char­ity. memo­ri­als list­ing.

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.

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