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Swanley

WM reference
1149
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 1 March 1922
  • Dedicated : 1 March 1922
  • Rededicated : 26 October 1980
Current location

350m south-east of original location.
St Mary The Virgin Church
St Marys Road
Swanley
Sevenoaks
Kent
BR8 7AG
England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 51217 68744
Denomination: Church of England

Previous location

Swanley Cross
Swanley
Sevenoaks
Kent
England
OS Grid Ref.: Undefined
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Sculpted figure of 'The Spirit of Sacrifice', a draped, winged, female figure standing on a globe. She holds a laurel wreath in her right hand and a downward pointing sword, grasped by the blade, in her out-stretched left hand. The statue surmounts an obelisk which rises from a square plinth with a two step square base. A bronze wreath is mounted on the obelisk between the plaques with the inscriptions.

Inscription

Obelisk, East face: TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL/ MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF/ SWANLEY/ WHO/ LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918./ Obelisk, east face, plaque: AMONG THE NAMES RECORDED HERE IS THAT/ OF STAFF PAYMASTER JOSEPH T. GEDGE. THE FIRST/ BRITISH OFFICER TO FALL IN THE GREAT WAR./ KILLED ON H.M.S. AMPHION AUGUST . 6 . 1914. Obelisk, east face, plaque: IN THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF SWANLEY PARISH / WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE / WORLD WAR II 1939-1945 Obelisk, North and South faces: (NAMES)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Alexander, F
Austin, E W
Austin, T H
Barrell, J W
Bates, W G A
Bates, J A
Bennett, A W
Booker, E
Bowles, A
Braund, C P
See details for all 104 names

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 110
Served and returned: 0
Died: 110
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 28
Served and returned: 0
Died: 28
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Component

Figure
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Obelisk
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Stone
Listed?: No

Component

Plaque
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 1 March 1922
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 1 March 1922
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 26 October 1980
Attended by: UNKNOWN

History

Grade II listed 5 Nov. 2007

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Unknown or N/A
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

Listed Buildings Online http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-503004-swanley-war-memorial-swanley

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