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Weston Turville War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433604

Location: Weston Turville, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP22

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Weston Turville

Built-Up Area: Weston Turville

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Weston Turville

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

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.

History

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.

Reasons for Listing

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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