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Poole School Cross War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Poole, Poole

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7133 / 50°42'47"N

Longitude: -1.9896 / 1°59'22"W

OS Eastings: 400832

OS Northings: 90406

OS Grid: SZ008904

Mapcode National: GBR XPZ.J2

Mapcode Global: FRA 67Q6.8PZ

Entry Name: Poole School Cross War Memorial

Listing Date: 23 February 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1406979

Location: Poole, BH15

County: Poole

Electoral Ward/Division: Poole Town

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Poole

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Poole St James with St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Summary

First World War memorial, erected in 1921, later moved to its current location in 1988.

Description

The memorial is of granite stone construction, is 2.57m high, with a tall shaft, on a plinth and two-stepped base, surmounted by a Celtic cross. The north face of the plinth bears the following inscription in black-painted lettering:

FINIS OPUS CORONAT/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ THE OLD BOYS OF POOLE SCHOOL/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918

The south, east and west faces of the plinth bear the names of the fallen.


This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 7 December 2016.

History

The war memorial sits in the churchyard of St. James Parish Church. It originally stood in the grounds of Poole Secondary (later Grammar) School as a memorial to those former pupils who fell in the First World War (1914-1918). It was unveiled by the Mayor of Poole and the names of those commemorated were read out by the school’s headmaster, Mr A J Mockridge, at an inauguration ceremony on 29th September 1921 attended by local dignitaries. It was moved to its current location in 1988 due to the demolition of the school. At this point the memorial was cleaned and the lettering re-done. The rededication ceremony took place on 11th November 1989.


Reasons for Listing

Poole School Cross War Memorial is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historical interest: as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by this community in the First World War and it is of strong historic and cultural significance both at a local and a national level;
* Group value: standing within St James Churchyard and adjacent to St James Parish Church (Grade II*).

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