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Bulphan War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Orsett, Thurrock

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Latitude: 51.5475 / 51°32'50"N

Longitude: 0.3596 / 0°21'34"E

OS Eastings: 563703

OS Northings: 185815

OS Grid: TQ637858

Mapcode National: GBR NL6.V0V

Mapcode Global: VHJKZ.5CYK

Entry Name: Bulphan War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 May 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1424447

Location: Thurrock, RM14

County: Thurrock

Electoral Ward/Division: Orsett

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bulphan

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Bulphan St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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First World War Memorial with additional inscription and names for Second World War.


War Memorial, First and Second World Wars; constructed of polished grey granite.

The memorial consists of a trefoil cross above a tapering octagonal shaft set on an octagonal plinth, which in turn surmounts a two stepped octagonal base. On six sides of the plinth are the names of the young men who sacrificed their lives in the First World War, with additional information that includes the age of some, and their various regiments. Also included in most cases is the date and place of death, and whether they were killed in action or died of wounds. On one face of the plinth is an inscription that reads ‘To the Glory of God and in gratitude to our sons and brothers who laid down their lives for king and country in the Great war 1914-1918’. The memorial also records the three names of those who died in the Second World War, and the eighth side of the plinth carries the inscription ‘Also for those who gave their lives in the war (dates illegible)’. The memorial is sited amongst the gravestones and memorials of the churchyard of the church of St Mary the Virgin (Grade I).

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, 12 January 2017.


Bulphan War Memorial lists the names of 13 Bulphan villagers who laid down their lives in the First World War, and 3 names of those who died in World War II. The year of erection is unknown.

Reasons for Listing

Bulphan War Memorial is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: its simple and elegant design includes a plinth of sufficient depth to allow space for the inclusion of further moving detail about each young soldier recorded there.
* Group value: the memorial is set amongst the gravestones and memorials of the churchyard of the Grade I listed church of St Mary the Virgin, with which it has group value.

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