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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
East Devon
Town
Beer
County
Devon
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
55309

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Current location

North wall
St. Michael's Church
Fore Street
Beer
East Devon
Devon
EX12 3JF
England

OS Grid Ref: SY 22945 89365
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Two, wall mounted, wooden boards constructed of English oak with carved inscription verses and names in gold coloured lettering. The Church guide book describes the upper WW1 board as a former "gradine" which was originally located behind the Altar. It has since been adapted by the removal of a shelf and re-used as a war memorial board. Other decorative features include an elaborately carved area at the curved head of the frame along with four wooden pinnacles and a carved lower frame rail. Also, bisecting part of the inscription verses, is a Crucifix in relief at the top of the board. Mounted on each vertical aspect of the frame is a figure in relief, the one on the left depicting St. George slaying the dragon, the other of St Michael the Archangel slaying the Devil in the form of a serpent. Below the WW1 board is an associated WW2 landscape orientated, plainer board incorporating a moulded wooden frame. Beneath the tablets is a free standing sideboard with stepped shelves with terminal shelves bearing Christian monograms - IHS to the left and Alpha and Omega to the right, with a central shelf bearing a carving of the paschal lamb and flag. Vases containing poppies are on the two side shelves, with poppies on the central shelf. A glazed framed holding a copy of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' sits on a shel on the left.
Inscription
Upper board : LET US REMEMBER / BEFORE GOD THE MEN / FROM THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR / LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 -1919. / (26 NAMES) / TANTA TESTIUM NUBES. (A great cloud of witnesses) / Sons of this place, let this of you be said, / That you who live were worthy of your dead; / These gave their lives, that you who live may reap / A richer harvest Ere you fall asleep. Lower board : ALSO THOSE FROM THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE / WAR 1939 -1945 / (12 NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, Walter Tom
Ayres, William
Bartlett, Anthony
Butchers, Dennis W
Carslake, George
Carslake, William
Cawley, Lester T
Chapple, David
Chapple, Norman
Clarke, Walter George Woolley
See details for all 38 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 26
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 26
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forenames, surname, decorations
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 12
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 12
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
Components
  • Board
    Measurements: height 1800 mm, width 1200 mm
    Materials: Wood - Oak
  • Board
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood - Oak
Listing information
  • CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL
  • 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
Responsibility
The Parochial Church Council

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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