Rickmansworth Cenotaph

Our reference
1169
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Opened : 31 July 1921
  • Dedicated : 31 July 1921
  • Unveiled : 1983

Current location

St Marys Church,Church St,Rickmansworth,Three Rivers,Hertfordshire,WD3 1JB,England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 061 942
Denomination: Church of England

Previous location

Junction with Uxbridge Rd,Ebury Rd,Rickmansworth,Three Rivers,Hertfordshire,England
OS Grid Ref.: Unknown
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Cenotaph with a seated woman at the north and south faces, one symbolizing the sorrow and despair of 1914, and the other the hopeful triumph of 1918. It was originally designed to have a pyramid cap on top, but this design was amended to include the statue of a lion with its paws holding down an eagle. The statue was later removed (see our record 1170), and a pyramid cap substituted in June 1968.

Inscription

IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY / OF MEN OF THIS / DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR /1914 / 1918 / ROLL OF HONOUR / (Names) / ROLL OF HONOUR / 1939-1945 AND SUBSEQUENT CONFLICTS

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 82
Served and returned: 0
Died: 82
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Subject / Period

Korean War (1950-1953)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Subject / Period

Falklands Conflict (1982)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 194
Served and returned: 0
Died: 194
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,decorations
Order of information: surname

Component

Cenotaph
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth 1680MM , height 4350MM , width 3160MM
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Figure
Condition: Lost
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Opened
Date: 31 July 1921
Attended by: FM The Earl of Cavan KP GCB GCMG GCVO GBE

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 31 July 1921
Attended by: REV F HALSEY

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 1983
Attended by: Air Marshal Sir Ivor Broom KCB CBE DSO DFC AFC

History

Statue removed in 1940, and reinstated in 1951, but removed again when the memorial was dismantled in May 1968, and eventually resited separately: see our record 1170. Signs of lichen c 1999. Memorial cleaned Nov. 1999.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: £2000
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

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

Responsibility of

Three Rivers District Council, as successor to Rickmansworth Urban District Council.

Notes

See also our ref 1170. 'Rickmansworth Historical Society Newsletter' No. 39 (Dec.1997) pp.7-9; Adrienne Jacks: 'A Chronicle for Rickmansworth 1902-1952' (Three Rivers District Council, Jan. 1991);Diary of Albert Freeman (local government officer 1895-1936): extracts 1918-1922.

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection 1169 and 1170

Reference

Watford Observer 6 October 1921

Reference

The Times 28 July 1921 p.7 col.d

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