A First and Second World War memorial, dedicated in 1920.
Reason for Listing
Kenton war memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20; * Architectural interest: as a memorial with a modest and sombre design; * Group value: it forms a group with a number of other listed buildings in the centre of Kenton, including the church of All Saints (Grade I).
Kenton War Memorial was erected to remember the members of the parish who died in the First World War. It was gifted to Kenton Parish Council by Mr Joshua John Neale of Oxton House. He died before the unveiling and his son presented the memorial on his behalf. It was unveiled by the Earl of Devon at a dedication ceremony on the 13 March 1920. Fourteen names were inscribed on the memorial. After the Second World War eight further names were added. The memorial includes the date that each of the commemorated died.
A First and Second World War memorial, dedicated in 1920. MATERIALS: Cornish granite from the Penryn QuarriesDESCRIPTION: an obelisk memorial standing on a moulded plinth, with inscriptions picked out in black paint on three sides, and a two tiered base. The north face of the plinth bears the following inscription, ‘ IN PROUD, HONOURED & LOVING MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH, WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY, IN/ THE GREAT WAR OF 1914 - 1919./ "THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE" ECCLUS XLIV 14/ “GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A/ MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS”/ ST JOHN XV 13/ "I SAW THEM THAT HAD GOTTEN THE VICTORY OVER/ THE BEAST STAND ON THE SEA OF GLASS,/ HAVING THE HARPS OF GOD" REV XV 2. Below and on the west face are the names of those who died during the First World War. The south face commemorates the Second World War, with the inscription ‘ALSO/ IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF/ THOSE FROM THIS PARISH WHO/ IN LIKE SPIRIT FELL DURING/ THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945’ followed by the names of the Fallen.
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