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Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
Wyre Forest
Town
Kidderminster
County
Hereford And Worcester
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), VC or GC Recipients
Maker
Edward Alfred Brisco Drury RA, George Brown and Sons, H G GODWIN
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: October 2007
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Rededicated
    Date: 02 June 1950
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 02 June 1950
    Attended by: MAYOR OF KIDDERMINSTER
  • Unveiled
    Date: 22 October 1922
    Attended by: Lord Lieutenant Of Worcestershire
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2200
Current location
  • Outside the gates of St Mary's Church
    St Mary's Church
    St Mary's Ringway
    Kidderminster
    Wyre Forest
    Hereford And Worcester
    DY10 2AW
    England

    OS Grid Ref: SO 83059 76931
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
The memorial is in two parts. The first part is formed of a square pedestal surmounted by a winged figure depicting the Angel of Peace bearing on her left arm the child of the future. In her left hand she holds aloft an olive branch, a symbol of peace. A bronze relief panel is placed on the front face of the pedestal depicting a serviceman who has given his life for the cause. He is being crowned by immortality who kneels at his head. At his feet kneels a widow and next to her stands a child who represents the fatherless. These two figures bring their tribute of remembrance. Panel is the same as ones on the Warrington South African War memorial and the Pershore war memorial. Winged wall with names carved on it is placed to the side of it. Dedicatory plaque placed at the top of the centre section of the wall. Above it is the Town crest flanked by two Maltese Crosses. The town crest used to be painted but is now plain. Seats placed in either wing with a metal railing placed across the back of the wall.
Inscription
Pedestal, 6 O'CLOCK FACE: IN MEMORY/ OF THE MEN/ OF/ KIDDERMINSTER/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919 Wall, Plaque: THESE DIED THE NOBLEST DEATH/ A MAN MAY DIE/ FIGHTING FOR GOD AND RIGHT/ AND LIBERTY/ AND SUCH A DEATH IS IMMORTALITY/ SO THEY PASSED OVER AND ALL THE TRUMPETS/ SOUNDED FOR THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE Wall: (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 661
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 661
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Surname, decorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 159
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 159
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Surname, regiment
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Listing information
  • SCULPTURE OF THE ANGEL OF PEACE AT ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS CHURCH
  • 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
1950: WW2 names added at a cost of £350 1967: Memorial moved a short distance to enable landscaping work around the church 2000: Survey commissioned to assess cost of necessary repair work as the names are beginning to erode and some of the stonework joints need mortar. Lead is missing from the top of the wall. Town crest was coloured as part of the WW2 additions but colour has now gone. 2007: Repair work, costing £100,000, was carried out on the memorial. It included the re-engraving of 824 names and restoration of the angel sculpture.
Costs

Comments: Addition of WW2 names paid for by public subscription
Memorial: C £3,500

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • WELLINGTON JOURNAL & SHREWSBURY NEWS by N/A 9, Col 5 / 28 October 1922 Source: Media Library Published:N/A WELLINGTON, SHROPSHIRE
  • Kidderminster Shuttle 28 October 1922; 09 June 1950; 01 July 1966; 18 November 1966
  • War memorials in the Wyre Forest area and St Mary's Memorial by Hagarth, Ron No date Bound booklet
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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