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Memorial details

Memorial type
Pillar / Column
District
Canterbury
Town
Canterbury
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
PROFESSOR ARTHUR BERESFORD PITE, Benjamin Clemens
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 10 October 1921
    Attended by: FIELD MARSHAL THE EARL HAIG KT GCB OM GCVO KCIE
  • Dedicated
    Date: 10 October 1921
    Attended by: Archbishop of Canterbury
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1592
Current location

Buttermarket
Sun Street
Canterbury
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2HA
England

OS Grid Ref: TR 14990 57842
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
An elaborate runic cross on a square pillar. At the top of each face are recessed figures: St George, the Black Prince and representatives of each of the three services. Plaques bearing names and inscriptions are bronze and the column stands on an octagonal platform filled with cobblestones.
Inscription
FROM THE PEOPLE OF CANTERBURY TO THOSE WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919/ (Names)/ 1939 - 1945/ (Names) 1939-1945/ THE MEMORIAL COMMEMORATES ALSO/ THE MEN AND WOMEN OF CANTERBURY/ WHO AS MEMBERS OF THE/ ARMED FORCES OF THE CROWN/ GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ SECOND WORLD WAR
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 531
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 531
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initial.
    Order of information: Surname, year of death.
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 261
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 261
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initial.
    Order of information: Surname.
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: height 9000MM, width 1500MM
    Materials: Stone - Doulting
Listing information
  • Canterbury War Memorial, Buttermarket, Canterbury
  • 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 column was vandalised and repaired in1981. Planned recutting and refurbishing in progress November 2007 (Canterbury City Council Canterbury Area member Panel 5 Nov. 2007) Ap. 2008 refurbishment began: recutting and reshaping lettering and carvings, cleaning and preservation work to bronze plaques and refurbishment of railings. Undertaken by Heritage Stone Restoration Co., Bromley . Cost £9000.(City Council news release).
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Canterbury City Council
Reference
  • The Times 11 Oct. 1921 p.7
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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