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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Breckland
Town
Thetford
County
Norfolk
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 4th December 1921
    Attended by: MAJ GEN SIR CHARLES V F TOWNSHEND KCB CB DSO MP
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
53385
Current location

TOWN MARKET PLACE
Thetford
Breckland
Norfolk
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 870 830
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
CROSS POMME FINIAL ON TOP OF COLUMN AND OCTAGONAL PLINTH ON ORNAMENTAL THREE STEPPED BASE. EACH SECTION OF THE MEMORIAL IS ALTERNATELY EITHER POLISHED OR UNPOLISHED. THE POLISHED SECTIONS BEING THE UPPERMOST STEP, THE PLINTH, THE SHAFT AND THE CROSS. MAIN FRONT FACET OF OCTAGONAL PLINTH HAS THE SEAL OF THETFORD (CASTLE SURROUNDED BY WORDS 'ANTIQ BURGH DE THETFORD'). INSCRIPTION UNDERNEATH. Seven of the eight sides have names for WWI and one of the eight sides has the names for WWII. The WWII names also extend below this face onto the plinth and upper step. The WWII names have been inscribed on what was the blank, back face of the memorial between the WWI names.
Inscription
Front of eight sides: ANTIQ BURGH DE THETFORD/ 1914 1918/ IN/ EVER GRATEFUL/ REMEMBRANCE/ OF THE MEN OF/ THIS BOROUGH/ WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ "LEST WE FORGET" Back of eight sides: 1939 - 1945/ (Names) Remaining six sides: (WWI Names) Base: (WWII Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Allatson, W P
Allison, S W
Archer, F
Ashfield, E R
Backlog, E J
Backlog, J E
Baker, A H
Bambridge, W G
Bambridge, W G
Barker, W E
See details for all 115 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 117
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 117
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 45
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 45
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Balmoral
  • Pillar
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Balmoral
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Balmoral
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Balmoral
Listing information
  • Thetford 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
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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