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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Three Rivers
Town
Rickmansworth
County
Hertfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Falklands Conflict (1982)
Maker
SIR WILLIAM REID DICK KCVO RA
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 1983
    Attended by: Air Marshal Sir Ivor Broom KCB CBE DSO DFC AFC
  • Dedicated
    Date: 31 July 1921
    Attended by: REV F HALSEY
  • Opened
    Date: 31 July 1921
    Attended by: FM The Earl of Cavan KP GCB GCMG GCVO GBE
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1169
Current location

In churchyard
St Mary's Church
Church Street
Rickmansworth
Three Rivers
Hertfordshire
WD3 1JF
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 06120 94223
Denomination: Church of England

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Previous locations
  • Junction with Uxbridge Road
    Ebury Road
    Rickmansworth
    Three Rivers
    Hertfordshire
    WD3 1BQ
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 05529 94351
    Denomination: Undefined
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.
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
Names on memorial
Alloway, A
Anderson, J
Andrews, A
Andrews, C
Ansell, A
Arnold, F H
Atkins, A
Austin, A
Baldwin, G E
Baldwin, J E
See details for all 194 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 194
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 194
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, decorations.
    Order of information: Surname.
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 82
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 82
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname, forename.
    Order of information: Surname.
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Falklands Conflict (1982)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Surname.
    Order of information: Surname.
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: depth 1680MM, height 4350MM, width 3160MM
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • WAR MEMORIAL ABOUT 40 METRES EAST OF CHURCH OF ST MARY
  • 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
Statue removed in 1940, and reinstated in 1951, but removed again when the whole was dismantled in May 1968. After structural concerns it was then separated, with the lion and eagle statue placed on a new plain plinth in the new location (WMR Ref: 1170) and the original plinth moved to St Mary's Church. Signs of lichen c1999. Cenotaph cleaned in November 1999.
Costs

Memorial: £2000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Three Rivers District Council, as successor to Rickmansworth Urban District Council.
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection 1169 and 1170
  • The Times 28 July 1921 p.7 col.d
  • Watford Observer 6 October 1921

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