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Latitude: 51.7873 / 51°47'14"N
Longitude: -0.7635 / 0°45'48"W
OS Eastings: 485388
OS Northings: 210569
OS Grid: SP853105
Mapcode National: GBR D35.ZRY
Mapcode Global: VHDVC.QB7Q
Entry Name: Weston Turville War Memorial
Listing Date: 18 April 2016
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1433604
Location: Weston Turville, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP22
District: Aylesbury Vale
Civil Parish: Weston Turville
Traditional County: Buckinghamshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire
Church of England Parish: Weston Turville
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.
Weston Turville War Memorial stands on the north side of a small green at the junction of Worlds End Lane and School Lane. It comprises a granite Celtic cross raised on a tapering plinth that stands on a square, two-stepped, base.
The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the plinth reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 – 19/ (20 NAMES)/ “GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN/ LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.” A small panel cut into the left face of the plinth contains the five First World War and two Second World War names added in 2002. A small stone block, standing on the lower step of the base, reads WORLD WAR 1939-1945/ (7 NAMES). All the inscriptions are in applied metal letters. All the names are listed with rank, in order of date of death.
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.
A war memorial committee of ex-servicemen was active during 1919, making arrangements for a suitable memorial in the village. In November 1919, Aylesbury Rural District Council gave the Parish Council permission to erect the memorial on the Green, and by January 1920 the cross was in place, within a railed enclosure (which has since been removed).
The memorial originally commemorated 20 local men who died in the First World War. Following the Second World War an inscription and the names of seven men who died in that conflict were added. In 2002 five names from the First World War and two from the Second were added and the memorial was re-dedicated on 10 November that year.
Weston Turville War Memorial, which stands on the green at the junction of School Lane and Worlds End Lane, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet dignified memorial cross;
* Group value: with the Union Chapel and The Beeches, both Grade II-listed.
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