on 13 September 2019 I visited Great Malvern, and on my list of things to see was the War Memorial. The War Memorial in the Priory is dealt with in a separate post.
The War Memorial is directly in front of the library and has no names inscribed on it. It is described as:
“WINGED SEMI-NUDE MALE FIGURE, REPRESENTING YOUTH, WITH ARMS STRETCHED UPWARDS HOLDING A FLAMING TORCH. THE FIGURE LOOKS UPWARDS TOWARDS THE TORCH. TREE ROOTS ARE WRAPPED AROUND THE FEET OF THE FIGURE, WHICH STANDS ON A STONE PLINTH AND FIVE STEPPED BASE. THE INSCRIPTION IS CARVED PROUD ON THE PLINTH.”
The inscriptions read:
12 O’Clock: “TO THOSE WHO/ NOBLY SERVED/ 1914-1919/ 1939-1945
6 O’Clock: “THEIR LIFE THEY/ GAVE THE LIGHT/ OF LIFE TO SAVE“
The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 52.112887°, -2.326983°.
The memorial is a Grade II listed structure and it was unveiled in 1923 and was made by Captain Richard Reginald Goulden. (Information from Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register).
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Sedgeberrow is a village and civil parish in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, England, about 4.8 km south of Evesham. I first spotted the war memorial from the bus en route to Evesham and in early November 2018 made a trip to photograph it.
The memorial is next to the church of “St Mary the Virgin” and may be found at 52.045395°, -1.965749° and it really comprises 2 entities: A Crucifix, described as “Crucifix in stone under a canopy set on three steps. The inscription is on the risers of the steps.”
On the exterior wall of the church is affixed another plaque, and it is dedicated to those who served in The First World War. If I read it correctly there are 3 sets of brothers on the two memorials, although that would require additional research.
Unfortunately I was not able to access the church to see whether there were any memorials within it, and there are no formal CWGC graves in the churchyard.
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I visited the village of Overbury in Worcestershire on 20 October 2018 to photograph the war graves and war memorial in St Faith’s Churchyard. The war memorial is incorporated in the lych gate which makes it hard to photograph the inscriptions on the sides. There are 5 CWGC graves in the churchyard.
The Memorial commemorates the Men of Overbury and Conderton who gave their lives in the Great War (and the Second World War). There are 26 names from the First World War and 4 from the Second World War. (https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32563)
The names on the memorial are shown below.
The Second World War plaque is much smaller.
The lych gate and war memorial in St Faith’s churchyard may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates 52.034918°, -2.064199°
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Kemerton is a small village in a string of villages between Tewkesbury and Evesham. I visited the village to photograph the memorial on 20/10/2018.
The War Memorial is described as a “Latin Limestone Cross atop a tall shaft, which is on a 5 stage base. The design of the cross was adapted from an ancient village cross in the village of Laycock.” (https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32460). It was unveiled on 9 January 1921, and was made by Sir Herbert Baker RA (possibly the architect?), Messrs E T Taylor of Tewkesbury and Mr A Stanley of Kemerton. It is a Grade II listed structure.
There are 20 names from the First World War and 7 from the Second World War on the memorial.
The memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 52.033202°, -2.079959°.
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The Anglo Boer War Memorial in Evesham, Worcestershire is technically not a memorial as we know it. Rather, it commemorates men who volunteered for active service in the ABW. It would be interesting to know how many of them came back alive, and which may have died in combat or as a result of Enteric Fever. It may be found on the wall of the Town Hall and is easily overlooked.
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The principal war memorial in Evesham, Worcestershire, may be found in the Abbey park overlooking the River Avon.
The memorial is a wide one and it stands on the edge of a sloped embankment, so getting the whole memorial in from straight in front is almost impossible as the camera would no longer be able to see the lower half.
It consists of a curved limestone screen wall with a pedestal topped by a bronze sculpture of a soldier wearing his helmet at a jaunty angle and carrying a slung rifle with bayonet attached.
The soldier is the work of Henry Poole R.A and is a particularly good one because it really could be the poster figure for the Old Contemptibles that held the line in the opening months of the First World War.
There are four name panels (2 per side, World War 1 on the 2 inner panels), commemorating the men from Evesham that fought and died in the First and Second World Wars, and commemorative inscriptions. It was unveiled on 7 August 1921. Google Earth co-ordinates for the memorial are: 52.090656°, -1.946112°.
The Memorial was restored in 2014 following a grant from War Memorials Trust.
The central dedication reads:
ENDURING MEMORY OF
THE GLORIOUS DEAD
BOROUGH OF EVESHAM
WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES FOR THEIR
COUNTRY IN THE
The War Memorials Register entry for the Memorial is 57, The list of names is also available on that link.
Not too far away between the Churches of St Lawrence and All Saints there is another War Memorial that could be easily overlooked. I believe these are called Calvarys.
The inscription is not very legible but there were poppy wreaths against the pedestal so the memorial is recognised.
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The Memorial to the Men of Worcestershire who lost their lives in the Boer War stands outside Worcester Cathedral.
The Memorial is a bronze depiction of a soldier of the Worcester Regiment kneeling as he prepares to fire his last cartridge. A winged figure said to represent “Immortality” stands above him with a palm branch in one hand, and in the other hand a sheathed sword with laurel wreath on it. It was unveiled on 23 September 1908 by Lt. Gen. the Hon. Sir N. G. Lyttleton. The monument was restored in 2005. The sculptor was William Robert Colton and it is a grade II listed object.
There is an additional inscription on the base of the memorial that is not as legible.
Their bodies were buried in peace
but their name liveth forevermore
Inside the Cathedral there is an additional Roll of Honour.
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