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Memorial details

Memorial type
Window
District
Huntingdon
Town
Brampton
County
Cambridgeshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
C E Kempe & Co Ltd (Glazier)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20 April 1919
    Attended by: Colonel Barkley
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
396
Current location

The window is in the north aisle; the monument is at the base of the tower.
St Mary Magdalene Church
Church Road
Brampton
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE28 4PF
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 21469 70716
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Window with four centre lights surmounted by eight cinque-foil tracery lights and three top lights. The window depicts scenes of the battlefield, which are presented as counterparts of religious allegories. Four historic or sainted figures each have a battlefield counterpart below in roundels, recalling episodes of the War, with inscriptions beneath them. Window, left to right: Light 1: shows King Richard I in armour, representing the Crusaders of old and bearing the Arms of England on his shield; the roundel below depicts General Allenby's entrance on foot into Jerusalem, through the Jaffa Gate. Light 2: shows St Gabriel holding lilies of peace in his right hand; the roundel below bears the window's dedicatory inscription within a laurel wreath. Light 3: shows St Michael in silver armour and jewelled cloak and spear, with the slain red dragon (Satan) at his feet, signifying conquest in the battle of good over evil; the roundel below depicts a Forces Chaplain (the letters C.F. on his scarf), standing before a makeshift altar that has been set up on a pile of ammunition boxes. He is giving Holy Communion to kneeling soldiers on the battlefield. Their helmets and knapsacks lay beside them on the ground, and derelict buildings and shell-damaged trees can be seen in the background, signifying that the men have succeeded in creating an oasis of spiritual peace amid the ravages of war to which they will soon return. Light 4: shows the martyr Joan of Arc, Deliverer of France, in silver armour and blue cloth. By her side is a shield bearing the fleur de lys, and she is supporting a banner bearing her final words: "Jesus and Maria"; the roundel below depicts a soldier on his way to the Somme, who encounters a Calvary cross memorial, which he salutes with his rifle. Behind the crucifix, a field ambulance and four other soldiers can be seen, one of them wearing a kilt. This panel symbolises is the ultimate sacrifices made in the pursuit of freedom. The eight lights above the four central figures depict a choir of angels holding a scroll with inscription. In the centre top light of the tracery, Britannia holds a Union flag. In the top right light, a Huntingdonshire stag is depicted and in the top left light is a bi-plane. The associated marble screen, with the names of First World War casualties in seven columns, is located at the base of the nearby tower. Both it and the window were unveiled in April 1919.
Inscription
Window, Lower lights left to right: Light 1: Here General Allenby entereth/ Jerusalem on December 11th/ Ao Dm 1917 and initiates/ under Christian Government/ a rule of justice and freedom/ for the Holy City. Light 2: Remember ye those men / of Brampton who died for / Righteousness, Freedom and / Peace in the Great War, / honouring whose memory / their relatives and friends/ have dedicated this window / AD mcmxix. Light 3: Here behind the trenches on/ the eve of an expected battle/ the soldier receiveth the most/ Blessed Sacrament of the/ Body and Blood of Christ. Light 4: Here as he relieves his/ comrades in the trenches/ the soldier passeth a wayside/ crucifix and is reminded of/ the great Sacrifice offered/ for him on Calvary. Eight upper lights: O PRAISE THE LORD ALL YE HIS HOSTS, YE SERVANTS OF HIS DO HIS PLEASURE Monument: "GOD PROVED THEM AND FOUND THEM WORTHY FOR HIMSELF"/ (Names)/ FOR/ A MEMORIAL THAT SHALL NEVER/ BE FORGOTTEN/ OF/ THE MEN OF BRAMPTON/WHO DIED/ IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, E A
Allen, J
Allen, W G
Baxter, E H
Beecham, J W
Buckenham, W J
Butler, H
Childerley, A
Childerley, J
Clark, A
See details for all 47 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 47
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 47
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames
    Order of information: Alphabetically by surname
Components
  • Window
    Measurements: height c4220mm, width 2550mm
    Materials: Stained Glass
  • Reredos
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Alabaster
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
History
The alabaster reredos was removed from the chancel in 1917, when the east window was erected to the memory of Lord Sandwich. That former reredos was mounted upon a stone plinth at the base of the tower, and was later engraved to form part of the Parish First World War memorial.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Details: The cost of engraving and erecting the alabaster monument was met by the Earl of Sandwich.
Responsibility
Church of England
Reference
  • Peterborough and Hunts Standard 19 April 1919 (re upcoming unveiling ceremony on Easter Sunday and detailed description of stained-glass window and stone monument).; Peterborough and Hunts Standard 26 April 1919 (report of the unveiling).

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