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War Memorial at the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

A Grade II Listed Building in Hammersmith and Fulham, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4815 / 51°28'53"N

Longitude: -0.2066 / 0°12'23"W

OS Eastings: 524630

OS Northings: 177360

OS Grid: TQ246773

Mapcode National: GBR CB.6LM

Mapcode Global: VHGR4.C1M4

Entry Name: War Memorial at the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

Listing Date: 14 November 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1450604

Location: Hammersmith and Fulham, London, SW6

County: London

District: Hammersmith and Fulham

Electoral Ward/Division: Fulham Broadway

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Hammersmith and Fulham

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Summary

First World war memorial, c1920; relocated 1967.

Description

The memorial stands on a two-stepped concrete base, formerly railed. A plain 4’ stone cross stands on a 3’ plinth, which breaks forward to the east from a wall of three stone panels of the same height. The central east-facing panel of the plinth is inscribed as follows:

THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THIS PARISH TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF THEIR GALLANT KINSFOLK WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919 LORD ALL PITYING, JESU BLEST, GRANT THEM THINE ETERNAL REST

Ninety names were originally inscribed onto the other panels, almost all now illegible.

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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was erected in the churchyard of St Thomas of Canterbury as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It is believed to have been erected in 1920, originally near the south porch of the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, and was moved to its current location within the churchyard in 1967.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial within the churchyard of St Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham, 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.

Group value:

* With the Grade II* listed Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, the adjacent Grade II listed presbytery, and the Grade II listed tomb of Warrington Taylor.

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