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Kilmington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kilmington, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.7801 / 50°46'48"N

Longitude: -3.0376 / 3°2'15"W

OS Eastings: 326940

OS Northings: 98353

OS Grid: SY269983

Mapcode National: GBR PF.Y1F3

Mapcode Global: FRA 47J0.VTJ

Entry Name: Kilmington War Memorial

Listing Date: 31 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425397

Location: Kilmington, East Devon, Devon, EX13

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Kilmington

Built-Up Area: Kilmington

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Kilmington St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Summary

First World War memorial. Erected 1921, with further inscriptions added later.

Description

First World War memorial. Erected 1921, with further inscriptions added later.

MATERIALS: carved from granite.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands at the crossroads of the A35 and Shute Road on the north side of the village of Kilmington. It is opposite the Grade II listed George Farmhouse. The memorial comprises a granite Celtic cross, enriched by raised interlace and knotwork, set on a tooled tapering shaft that rises from a trapezoidal granite plinth. The front of the plinth is inscribed ‘TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF KILMINGTON WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR’ followed by eleven names and the words ‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS’. The plinth rests on a stepped square granite base of two stages. It is inscribed ‘AND ALSO THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945’ followed by three names. The memorial is raised upon an earthen mound set within a square rubble-stone retaining wall, approached by four steps at the east.


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 aftermath of the First World War saw a huge wave of public commemoration with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. The memorial at Kilmington was unveiled in 1921, during a ceremony attended by local clergy and dignitaries. It was re-dedicated on 11th November 1947, after the names of those who had tragically lost their lives in the Second World War were added.

Reasons for Listing

Kilmington war memorial, which stands at the crossroads of the A35 and Shute Road on the north side of the village, 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;
* Design: an elegant Celtic cross enriched by raised interlace and knotwork, set on a tooled tapering shaft;
* Group value: with the Grade II listed George Farmhouse.

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