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Weybridge War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Weybridge Riverside, Surrey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3709 / 51°22'15"N

Longitude: -0.4512 / 0°27'4"W

OS Eastings: 507904

OS Northings: 164675

OS Grid: TQ079646

Mapcode National: GBR 2B.JWK

Mapcode Global: VHFTY.4S9Y

Entry Name: Weybridge War Memorial

Listing Date: 18 June 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1427261

Location: Elmbridge, Surrey, KT13

County: Surrey

District: Elmbridge

Electoral Ward/Division: Weybridge Riverside

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Weybridge

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Weybridge

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

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Summary

War memorial dedicated to the men of Weybridge who fell during the First World War, and in subsequent conflicts.

Description

The memorial is of stone and takes the form of a square column on a two-stepped base, surmounted by a carved soldier standing at ease, his hands holding the barrel of his rifle, its butt resting by his feet. The column has an acanthus leaf capital, broken on each face by a shield with relief carvings representing the armed forces. Below the shields each face of the column bears a swagged laurel garland and on three sides the names of the fallen. The front face bears the inscription:

1914-1918 / IN MEMORY / OF THE MEN / OF / WEYBRIDGE / WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES / IN THE / GREAT WAR / THEIR NAME / LIVETH / FOR EVERMORE

Towards the base of the column each face is carved with the inscription: '1939 – 1945', below which are names of the fallen of the Second World War. On the base of the column, on the front face, is carved 'Korea 1950 – 1954', followed by a single name.


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, 5 December 2016.

History

Weybridge War Memorial was erected to commemorate the men of Weybridge who fell in the First World War. Names of those who fell in the Second World War and the Korean War have been added. The architect was J Hatchard Smith (1853-1936) and the sculptor was R L Boulton and Sons; the memorial was unveiled on the 24 March 1923.

Reasons for Listing

Weybridge War Memorial 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 made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as a handsome, finely-crafted, example with strong sculptural merit.

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