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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Swale
Town
Sittingbourne
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: 2 September 1990
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
16205
Current location

Central Avenue
Sittingbourne
Swale
Kent
ME10 4AA
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 90611 63597
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • Albany Rd
    Sittingbourne
    Swale
    Kent
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
A cenotaph on two-stepped base in a paved area surrounded on three sides by a raised flower bed supported by a stone wall incorporating integral stone seating. The front of the cenotaph has a tablet with the dedication. Above this is a low relief carving of an angel flanked by a soldier and sailor. Above this a carving of the Kent insignia within a laurel wreath. An upright metal laurel wreath with poppies and ribbons is on the top of the cenotaph. The WW1 names are on tablets placed on the sides and back of the cenotaph. The WW2 names are on 41 small brass plaques on the slope of low wall surrounding the cenotaph. The insignia of each of the army, navy and air force is placed before the respective list of names The plaques on the raised bed are from the original Milton Regis war memorial (WMA 54552) which was destroyed by a falling tree during the storm of 1987. The replacement Milton Regis war memorial was dedicated in 2012 (WMA 71495). Four Victoria Cross tablets added to front.
Inscription
Front: TO THE MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF/ SITTINGBOURNE/ WHO DIED SERVING/ THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT/ WAR 1914 - 1918.// THEIR NAME/ LIVETH FOR/ EVERMORE// ALSO IN PROUD MEMORY/ OF ALL THOSE FROM/ SITTINGBOURNE WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR US IN/ THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939 - 1945.// WE WILL REMEMBER THEM Both sides and back: WW1 (Names) Unknown: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS JOHN XV.13
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Akehurst, H T
Allen, E A
Anderson, L
Armond
Ashby, D
Ashley, T W
Ashwood, F
Attwater, D
Attwater, E
Austin, H
See details for all 259 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 259
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 259
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname.
    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
    Order of information: Surname
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
History
1990: Cost of moving the memorial and landscaping the area into a memorial garden was 23,000
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Paid for by public subscription.
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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