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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
North Hertfordshire
Town
Hitchin
County
Hertfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), VC or GC Recipients
Maker
JOHN THOMPSON & SONS OF PETERBOROUGH, WALTER MILLARD
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6th August 1922
    Attended by: VISCOUNT HAMPDEN
  • Dedicated
    Date: 6th August 1922
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1126
Current location

St Marys Church
Churchyard Walk
Hitchin
North Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
SG5 1HR
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 18465 29100
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Octagonal base surmounted by octagonal plinth, tapering shaft and wheel cross. Inscription panels are mounted on the sides of the plinth. Behind the cross is a curved wall with 11 panels of names mounted on it. The front of the memorial is enclosed by a low metal railing fence with a gate in the centre.
Inscription
Cross, front face: TO THE / UNCONQUERED / 1914 DEAD 1919 / WE WILL REMEMBER THEM/ 1939-1945 IN LOYAL MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN / OF HITCHIN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND IN WHOSE HONOUR / THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE RECORDING THEIR NAMES WAS DEDICATED / AND IS KEPT IN THE PARISH CHURCH Cross, 3 o'clock face: (Names)/ AND ALL OTHER SERVICEMENT/ KILLED IN ACTION Cross, other faces: (Names) Wall: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbiss, A J
Adcock, K W
Albon, W
Albone, A H
Allison, A
Anderson, F
Appleby, A H
Ayto, W H
Baker, F
Baker, W
See details for all 357 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 356
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 356
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname,decorations
    Order of information: Surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname
    Order of information: Surname
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: depth 5000MM, height 5000MM, width 8000MM
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • Hitchin War Memorial
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
c 1988: Stonework was cleaned Date unknown: A plaque with additional inscription for WW2 was removed from the front face of the plinth and placed at the front face of the base of the cross. A new dedicatory inscription was inscribed on the stone.
Costs

Comments: Cross costs £650 and architects fees were £80
Memorial: £1675 5s 10d

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: YES FOR SWW ONLY
Sponsorship
Public
Details: N
Responsibility
North Hertfordshire District Council
Reference
  • Roll of Honour www.roll-of-honour.com/Hertfordshire/Hitchin.html
  • Local Publication/Booklet 310-312 Lawson-Thompson scrapbook. (Location unknown)
  • Photos of the memorial
  • Herts Express 7 / 22 January 1922; 18 June 1921; 6 / 19 August 1922
  • Local Publication/Booklet 15 Douglas, P and Humphries, P 'Discovering HItchin' Egon Publishers Ltd, (1995)
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Local Publication/Booklet 31 / Vol 22 No 1 'The Weaver'

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