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Wooburn War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wooburn, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5872 / 51°35'13"N

Longitude: -0.6839 / 0°41'1"W

OS Eastings: 491279

OS Northings: 188409

OS Grid: SU912884

Mapcode National: GBR F74.FXT

Mapcode Global: VHFSV.3CBM

Entry Name: Wooburn War Memorial

Listing Date: 14 July 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426309

Location: Wooburn, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Wycombe

Civil Parish: Wooburn

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Wooburn

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

A First World War memorial, unveiled in 1920, designed and made by the stonemasons Messrs G Maile & Son Ltd.

Description

War memorial, dated 1920, by stonemasons Messrs G Maile & Son Ltd.

The memorial comprises of a roughly-hewn granite obelisk which stands on a square section plinth and stepped base. The memorial is approximately 5 metres high. The four sides of the plinth are inscribed with the names of 100 local men who lost their lives in the First World War and 34 from the Second World War.

The stone pillar is inscribed " PARISH OF WOOBURN/ROLL OF HONOUR/IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/THE MEN WHO FOUGHT AND DIED/FOR ENGLAND'S HONOUR/IN THE WARS 1914-1919/1939-1945"


This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 11 January 2017.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. Wooburn War Memorial, erected on The Green in the town of Wooburn, is a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by members of the community of Wooburn and Bourne End; and Flackwell Heath, who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. It was unveiled on 12 June 1920 by the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, (Charles) Robert Wynn Carrington, the first Marquis of Lincolnshire. There are names inscribed on all four sides of the plinth. These include 100 local men who lost their lives during the First World War including eight sets of brothers and 34 from the Second World War including a member of the Royal Armoured Corps who was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry whilst serving in Burma. The memorial was renovated in 1989 when the joints in granite were re-pointed, kerbing and concrete base repaired and lettering re-blackened. Additional names were added to the memorial in 1993 and the memorial was re-dedicated. Another name was added to the memorial in 2011.

The memorial was designed and made by the stonemasons Messrs G Maile & Son Ltd who worked across England.


Reasons for Listing

Wooburn War Memorial, Buckinghamshire, dated 1920, is listed 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 has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a modest yet well executed memorial designed & made by stonemasons Messrs G.Maile & Son Ltd;
* Group value: it stands at the southern point of The Green in close proximity to the Grade II listed 30 & 31 The Green, Grove Cottage, Clematis Cottage and The Queen and Albert Public House.

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