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World War II War Memorial in the Churchyard of St John the Baptist, Harrow

Description: World War II War Memorial in the Churchyard of St John the Baptist

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 September 2011
English Heritage Building ID: 1404081

OS Grid Reference: TQ1568388406
OS Grid Coordinates: 515683, 188407
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5827, -0.3318

Locality: Harrow
County: Greater London
Country: England
Postcode: HA1 2LW

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Listing Text


World War II war memorial. Dedicated 1951, designer unknown.

Reason for Listing

* Historic interest: as a poignant reminder of the tragic impact of world events on this community; for its relative rarity as a memorial solely to the fallen of World War II; and for the additional interest of having been dedicated by Reverend Joost de Blank, a celebrated opponent of apartheid.


Dedicated on 24 June 1951 by the noted anti-apartheid campaigner, Reverend Joost de Blank (1908-1968), later Bishop of Stepney and Archbishop of Capetown. It formed part of a three-fold plan of commemoration with a plaque in the church inscribed with the names of the fallen, a dwarf stone wall round the north and east of the churchyard (this has since been removed) and a memorial garden with the memorial at its centre. The memorial was originally topped by a wooden flag pole which was removed some time after 1988.


The memorial stands in the churchyard to the north of the Grade II listed church, overlooking the intersection of Station and Sheepcote Roads. It consists of a low rectangular Portland stone pillar with chamfered corners, slightly projecting cap and rustication at the base. The north face of the pillar is recessed and bears a bronze tablet bearing the following inscription: TO THE/ ENDURING MEMORY/ OF/ THE MEN OF THE/ PARISH OF/ GREENHILL/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE/ CAUSE OF FREEDOM/ 1939-1945. The pillar stands on a slightly domed, three-tier, wide octagonal, stone-paved base.

Source: English Heritage

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