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Memorial details

Memorial type
Pillar / Column
District
Thurrock
Town
Grays
County
Essex
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953)
Maker
Marshall and Wilson (Mason)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6 March 1921
    Attended by:
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
45800
Current location

outside the Magistrates Court
Junction of Orsett Road
High Street and London Road
Grays
Thurrock
Essex
RM17 5DD
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 61420 78044
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
CONCRETE BASE SURMOUNTED BY STONE DOUBLE PLINTH, TAPERING COLUMN AND URN WITH SWAGS ON IT. DEDICATORY INSCRIPTION ON COPPER PLAQUES ON THREE SIDES OF THE PLINTH. ADDITIONAL PLAQUE FOR THE KOREAN NAME. COPPER WREATH IN RELIEF AT THE BASE OF THE FRONT FACE OF THE COLUMN
Inscription
FRONT SIDE: MONS/ YPRES/ SOMME/ AISNE/ ITALY/ GALLIPOLI/ MESOPOTAMIA/ THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED IN THE YEAR 1920 BY THE GRATEFUL INHABITANTS OF GRAYS TO THE IMMORTAL MEMORY OF THEIR BRAVE FELLOW-TOWNSMEN WHO ANSWERING THE CALL OF DUTY LEFT HOME AND KINDRED IN ORDER TO DEFEND THE EMPIRE AND THE CAUSE OF JUSTICE AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED ON THESE TABLETS, WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHILST SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE CROWN OR IN THE MERCANTILE MARINE DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918./ "ON FAME'S ETERNAL CAMPING GROUND/ THEIR SILENT TENTS ARE SPREAD/ AND GLORY GUARDS WITH SOLEMN ROUND/ THIS BIVOUAC OF THE DEAD" (EXACT LINE SPACING UNKNOWN) RIGHT SIDE: KUT/ GAZA/ SALONIKA/ JERUSALEM/ JUTLAND/ ZEEBRUGGE/ FALKLAND ISLANDS/ (NAMES) LEFT SIDE: (NAMES) REAR SIDE: 1939 - 1945/ IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF GRAYS WHO FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, A T
Abrams, W C
Aldwinckle, H
Ambrose, F B
Anios, F A
Aslett, H C
Babbs, W J
Bailey, W D
Baker, A E
Baker, F D
See details for all 305 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 310
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 310
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, decorations
    Order of information: surname THEN forename
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 51
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 51
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank
    Order of information: surname,rank
  • 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
  • Pillar
    Measurements: height C 10000MM
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Fence/ Railing
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
  • 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
November 2018- railings added on the flowerbeds to prevent people from sitting on the beds and deter groups from using the site as a place to congregate and hang-out
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
THURROCK BOROUGH COUNCIL
Reference

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