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Memorial details

Memorial type
Pillar / Column
District
Teignbridge
Town
Newton Abbot
County
Devon
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Iraq War (2003-2011), Second World War - civilians, Afghanistan (2001-2014), Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), Non-Combat Deaths
Maker
E M COURTENAY POLLOCK RBA RBS (Sculptor)
COLERIDGE D WHITE (Designer)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 23 July 1922
    Attended by: LIEUT-GENERAL SIR CHARLES LOUIS WOOLLCOMBE KCB KCMG
  • Rededicated
    Date: 29 January 2006
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Rededicated
    Date: 20 July1997
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20 July1997
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Dedicated
    Date: 24 April 1949
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 24 April 1949
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Dedicated
    Date: 23 July 1922
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
1622
Current location

Devon Square
Queen Street/The Avenue junction
Newton Abbot
Teignbridge
Devon
TQ12 2ET
England

OS Grid Ref: SX 86451 71343
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Bronze figure of Freedom holding broken chains placed on top of an ionic pillar. WWI names on bronze plaques around four sides of the base of the column. Behind it is a gravelled area and wall with WWII names placed. A separate tablet of the Korean casualty is placed on the left hand side of the memorial in the gravelled area and a separate plaque for the Iraq 2005 casualty is placed to the right of the memorial on the gravelled area.
Inscription
Plinth, 6 o'clock face: TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF NEWTON ABBOT/ THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR/ 1914 - 1918/ (Names) Plinth, 3, 9 and 12 o'clock face: (Names) Wall, centre plaque: PRO PATRIA/ THESE TABLETS WERE ERECTED/ TO HONOUR/ AND RECORD THE NAMES OF/ THOSE WHO MADE THE SUPREME/ SACRIFICE Wall, other plaques: (Names) Tablet, to the left of memorial: KOREAN CAMPAIGN/ 1950 - 1953/ CPL C. BEARE, ROYAL SIGNALS/ KILLED 23RD SEPT 1950 Tablet, to the right of memorial: In Memory of/ those who have died in the/ service of their country/ since 1945/ (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, A J
Bagwell, G F
Bailey, A H
Bailey, J C
Bailey, L
Bailey, L E
Baker, F W
Balls, E
Baxter, G H
Bearne, E J
See details for all 231 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 232
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 232
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, regiment, initials of forenames
    Order of information: Surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 120
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 120
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, rank, regiment, initials of forenames
    Order of information: Surname
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, rank, forename
    Order of information: Surname
  • Iraq War (2003-2011)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, year died, regiment, forename
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 17
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 17
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: Surname
  • Afghanistan (2001-2014)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, rank, year died, place of death, forename
    Order of information: Surname
  • Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forenames, rank, service
    Order of information: Surname
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forenames, rank, regiment, place of death, year of death
    Order of information: Surname
Components
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Column
    Measurements: height 9000MM
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • Newton Abbot War Memorial, including the surrounding stepped stone base, and railings
  • 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
2009: leaking pipe caused subsidence and a trial excavation was held. It was discovered that settlement in the foundations had damaged rainwater pipework below the ground and both the drain and masonry needed to be repaired. Repairs have been estimated at £2,000. An application for half the cost has been made to the War Memorials Trust. The Council will need to meet the other half. 2008: Cracks in the mortar of the wings on either side of the main column. The movement has forced the right side of the central copper plaque away from the wall. A survey was commisioned. 2001: Railing to be refurbished and painted. 1995: Korean War tablet returned after it was lost following the refurbishment of the main memorial 1993: Left wing of the 1939-45 section of the memorial was under-pinned due to damage by drains and tree roots. Works cost £4,800
Costs

Memorial: £1745

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Newton Abbot Town Council
Reference
  • DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ART VOLUME V BRITISH ARTISTS 1880-1940 by JOHNSON, J 406 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB 1994 WOODBRIDGE, SUFFOLK
  • Mid Devon Advertiser and Post 19th November 2010; pg2 Addition of commemoration of Cpl Stephen Thompson, killed in Afghanistan
  • Council or Committee Minutes 10 September 1920
  • Unveiling Programme/ Order of Service 23 July 1922; 24 April 1949
  • Mid Devon Advertiser and Post 05 July 1992; 13 November 1992; 15 October 1993; 05 November 1993; 12 May 1995; 26 May 1995; 30 March 2001; 30 June 1995; 27 June 1997; 25 July 1997; 12 October 2001; 03 February 2006; 22 August 2008
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Mid Devon Advertiser and Post Unknown date, 2009
  • War Memorials Trust WM3406 www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=516

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