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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Bassetlaw
Town
East Retford
County
Nottinghamshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953)
Maker
MR LEONARD BARNARD FRIBA (Architect)
R L Boulton & Sons (Builder)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 14-09-1921
    Attended by: Sir Frederick Milner
  • Unveiled
    Date: 06-05-1951
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
26975
Current location

MARKET PLACE
East Retford
Bassetlaw
Nottinghamshire
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 705 813
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Two-stepped base surmounted by four stage plinth, shaft and Eleanor Cross. Embodies the characteristics of a Roman milestone. Inscription on the top three stages of the plinth. WW1 names carved onto stone tablets. WW2 names on bronze plaques. Rectangular bronze plaque with Korea inscription in raised lettering fixed to 9 o'clock face of lowest plinth.
Inscription
STAGE ONE: 6 O'CLOCK FACE: ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF RETFORD AND DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 12 O'CLOCK FACE: THEY WILLINGLY LEFT THE UNACHIEVED PURPOSE OF THEIR LIVES IN ORDER THAT ALL SHOULD NOT BE WRENCHED FROM ITS PURPOSE R.K 3 O'CLOCK FACE: BELLENGLISE STATUE MILES 297, GOMMECOURT 270, HOOGE 240, LENS 258, LE VERGUIER 295, RANICOURT 198, REGINCOURT 301, YPRES 237 9 O'CLOCK FACE: GALLIPOLI (SOUTH END OF PENINSULA) STATUE MILES 1552, STRUMA VALLEY (NORTH END OF LAKE TACHINOS) 1414, BEERSHEBA 2346, BIER EL TAHTR (BERT UR ET TAHTA) 2312, JERUSALEM 2329, ES SALT 2342, HAIFA 2276, ALEPPO 2173 STAGE TWO: (NAMES) STAGE THREE: 12 O'CLOCK FACE: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN PROUD REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM THIS BOROUGH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM IN THE WORLD WAR, 1939 - 1945 OTHER FACES: (NAMES) Stage Four: 9 O'clock face: KOREA/ 1950-1952
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adwick, Stanley
Ainsworth, Sidney W
Allen, Adam
Allen, William
Allison, John Wm
Anderson, Harry
Anderson, John
Arliss, Frank G
Armstrong, Frank
Baldock, George
See details for all 416 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 302
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 302
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 113
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 113
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    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
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: height 6900 MM
    Materials: Stone - Stancliffe
  • Tablets
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • Retford 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
2007: Plans have been unveiled to refurbish the memorial. Members of local ex-servicemen's organization have joined forces to help drum up support for the memorial's restoration. Memorial refurbished and rededicated on 17th August 2008.
Costs

Memorial: £1,806 10s

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • Old Retford by David Ottewell 5, 7, 8, 10 Published:Stenlake Publishing 2001 Historical photographs of the memorial.

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