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Kidderminster

WM reference
2200
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Rededicated : October 2007
  • Unveiled : 22 October 1922
  • Unveiled : 02 June 1950
  • Rededicated : 02 June 1950
Current location

Outside the gates of St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church
St Mary's Ringway
Kidderminster
Wyre Forest
Hereford And Worcester
DY10 2AW
England
OS Grid Ref.: SO 83059 76931
Denomination: Undefined

Description

The memorial is in two parts. The first part is formed of a square pedestal surmounted by a winged figure depicting the Angel of Peace bearing on her left arm the child of the future. In her left hand she holds aloft an olive branch, a symbol of peace. A bronze relief panel is placed on the front face of the pedestal depicting a serviceman who has given his life for the cause. He is being crowned by immortality who kneels at his head. At his feet kneels a widow and next to her stands a child who represents the fatherless. These two figures bring their tribute of remembrance. Panel is the same as ones on the Warrington South African War memorial and the Pershore war memorial. Winged wall with names carved on it is placed to the side of it. Dedicatory plaque placed at the top of the centre section of the wall. Above it is the Town crest flanked by two Maltese Crosses. The town crest used to be painted but is now plain. Seats placed in either wing with a metal railing placed across the back of the wall.

Inscription

Pedestal, 6 O'CLOCK FACE: IN MEMORY/ OF THE MEN/ OF/ KIDDERMINSTER/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919 Wall, Plaque: THESE DIED THE NOBLEST DEATH/ A MAN MAY DIE/ FIGHTING FOR GOD AND RIGHT/ AND LIBERTY/ AND SUCH A DEATH IS IMMORTALITY/ SO THEY PASSED OVER AND ALL THE TRUMPETS/ SOUNDED FOR THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE Wall: (NAMES)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

Adam, P
Adam, F D
Adam, R W
Adams, C
Adams, G
Addenbrooke, A
Allbut, G W
Allcoat, T J
Allen, H
Allen, A H
See details for all 663 names

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 661
Served and returned: 0
Died: 661
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Surname, decorations
Order of information: Surname, decorations

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 159
Served and returned: 0
Died: 159
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Surname, regiment
Order of information: Surname, regiment

Subject/Period

VC or GC Recipients
Total names on memorial: 2
Served and returned: 0
Died: 2
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined

Component

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

Component

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

Component

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

Component

Sculpture
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 2500mm, width 8000mm
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Wall
Condition: Good
Measurements: depth c 3000mm, height c 2500mm, width c 8000mm
Materials: Stone - Limestone
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: October 2007
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 22 October 1922
Attended by: Lord Lieutenant Of Worcestershire

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 02 June 1950
Attended by: MAYOR OF KIDDERMINSTER

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 02 June 1950
Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries

History

1950: WW2 names added at a cost of £350 1967: Memorial moved a short distance to enable landscaping work around the church 2000: Survey commissioned to assess cost of necessary repair work as the names are beginning to erode and some of the stonework joints need mortar. Lead is missing from the top of the wall. Town crest was coloured as part of the WW2 additions but colour has now gone. 2007: Repair work, costing £100,000, was carried out on the memorial. It included the re-engraving of 824 names and restoration of the angel sculpture.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: C £3,500
Comments: Addition of WW2 names paid for by public subscription

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

WELLINGTON JOURNAL & SHREWSBURY NEWS by N/A 9, Col 5 / 28 October 1922 Source: Media Library Published:N/A WELLINGTON, SHROPSHIRE

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

War memorials in the Wyre Forest area and St Mary's Memorial by Hagarth, Ron No date Bound booklet

Reference

Kidderminster Shuttle 28 October 1922; 09 June 1950; 01 July 1966; 18 November 1966

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