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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Havering
Town
Upminster
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians, Post-1945 war or conflict
Maker
Mr C Harrap
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 8 May 1921
    Attended by: Brigadier General C H DE ROUGEMONT CMG CB DSO
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
12007
Current location

outside St Laurence's Church graveyard
Corbets Tey Road
Upminster
Havering
Greater London
RM14 2BB
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 55988 86476
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Ornate celtic cross covered in celtic pattern surmounting stone plinth bearing inscription. Three stone steps at base and the bottom step has the WW2 and later conflicts dedication. The 6 o'clock face of the plinth has the WW1, WW2 and subsequent conflicts dedication plaque (so WW2 and later conflicts have 2 dedications). The 9 o'clock face has the current WW1 names plaque (66 names), the 3 o'clock face has the current WW2 Forces plaque (names A to Pavitt, 76 names) and the 12 o'clock face has the rest of the WW2 Forces names (Pearce onwards + E G Seaward and D Mathers out of order, 36 names, the 6 WW2 Merchant names and the 18 WW2 Civilian names. As of 12 August 2019 the plaques had not yet been replaced with the new, corrected names. The memorial does not have any names for post 1945 conflicts, just the dedicatory wording.
Inscription
6 o'clock panel: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN/ PROUD AND GRATEFUL/ MEMORY OF THE PEOPLE OF/ UPMINSTER/ WHO FELL IN THE/ TWO WORLD WARS/ 1914-1918/ 1939-1945/ AND SUBSEQUENT CONFLICTS/ THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US/ BOTH BY NIGHT AND DAY/ (1ST SAMUEL XXV 16) Other panels: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abraham, S E
Abraham, Sydney E
Adkiss, A C W
Alexander, P T
Allaton, D
Allen, J H W
Alliston, Alfred W
Alliston, A W
Alston, M P
Alston, Mp
See details for all 292 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 66
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 66
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 112
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 112
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 24
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 24
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: service (merchant seamen or civilians) THEN surname
  • Post-1945 war or conflict
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: depth 1500mm, height 2500mm, width 1500mm
    Materials: Stone
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • Upminster 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
The Upminster War Memorial has historically been known, almost since it was erected in 1921, to be incorrect, with some names that were added that were not casualties of war, or even had anything to do with the surrounding area. Following WW2, it was decided to overlay the original WW1 stone panel with a new marble facing, and also create WW2 matching marble panels for the casualties of WW2. While this was being planned, a new list of 17 extra men who died in WW1 had been found, and were due to be added to the WW1 list. These 17 names were mistakenly incorporated into the WW2 list and an alphabetical list then created, so it looks as though the 117 names are all WW2 casualties. 19 names from the WW1 list have also been accidentally incorporated into the WW2 list creating 117 WW2 names when in effect there are only 81 WW2 military casualty names on the memorial. The Essex Commemoration Project and Havering Council plan to update and change these panels shortly. - Essex Commemoration Project 13/06/2019
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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