Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
West Devon
Town
Brentnor, North Brentor
County
Devon
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: October 1920
    Attended by: Brigadier-General FA Dudgeon CB unveiled the memorial.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
56082

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Current location

At the T junction
about 120 metres north-west of Christ Church.
Station Road
Brentnor
North Brentor
West Devon
Devon
PL19 0LP
England

OS Grid Ref: SX 48119 81440
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A simple Latin Cross on a hexagonal shaft, on a small four-sided pedestal that stands on a two-stepped base (the edges of which have a narrow cornice). The World War 1 dedicatory inscription is on a cast bronze plaque on the south-east side of the pedestal; the names of those who fell in that War are on cast bronze plaques on the south-west and north-east faces of the pedestal. The north-west face of the pedestal bears the Second World War inscription in lead lettering. Adjacent to the south-east side of the memorial (which faces the parish church) is a small timber bench.
Inscription
Pedestal, south-east face: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ & IN UNDYING MEMORY OF/ BRAVE MEN WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR US/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918 Pedestal, south-west and north-east faces: (WW1 names) Pedestal, north-west face: (WW2 Name)/ 1939-1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Batten, James
Batten, John
Bickle, Albert
Brewer, William
Brook, Stanley
Cowling, Harry
Doidge, George
Doidge, John
Goad, Percy
Higgins, Samuel
See details for all 19 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 18
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 18
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forenames, surname
    Order of information: Names are listed alphabetically by surname, on two panels
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forenames, surname
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Seat
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
Listing information
  • Brentor 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
15/8/2017: The memorial was Grade II listed by Historic England, List Entry number 1448450.// c1946: The name of the parish's WW2 casualty was added to the pedestal.// October 1920: The memorial was unveiled, bearing the WW1 inscription .
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Historic England's record of their Grade II Listing of the memorial on 15/8/2017 records its History as having been: 'The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. 'One such memorial was raised at North Brentor as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 18 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was unveiled in October 1920 by Brigadier-General FA Dudgeon CB, at an ecumenical service led by the Vicar, Reverend ARO Apps, with the United Methodists’ Minister Reverend WH Tubb. Following the Second World War the name of one sailor who died in that conflict was added to the memorial. As this name is not recorded on the Roll of Honour in the church, the cross is the only place where that casualty is publicly commemorated'. Their description of the memorial reads: 'The granite memorial stands in the road junction at the centre of North Brentor, facing Christ Church (Grade II-listed) which stands c120m to the south-east. It takes the form of a slim Latin cross, hexagonal in section, rising from a small pedestal. The pedestal stands on a deep two-stepped base, each step having a narrow cornice for the laying of wreaths and floral tributes. The principal dedicatory inscription is recorded on a cast bronze plaque on the south-east facing side of the pedestal. It reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ & IN UNDYING MEMORY OF/ BRAVE MEN WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR US/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The commemorated First World War names are listed on similar plaques to either side of the pedestal, whilst the later Second World War name is recorded in applied metal lettering on the north-west face. A small timber bench stands against the south-east side of the memorial'. historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1448450
  • Western Morning News, 13 October 1920, p6: “Brentor War Memorial” reported the unveiling of the memorial.
  • The War Memorials Trust's record of the memorial can be found at www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/150735

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