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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Wealden
Town
Blackboys
County
East Sussex
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 19 November 1924
    Attended by:
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
70268
Current location

Wesleyan Church
Chapel Lane
Blackboys
Wealden
East Sussex
TN22 5JT
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 52640 20865
Denomination: Wesleyan

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Description
Four white stone tablets set horizontally in a line into the front wall of the former Wesleyan Church, Blackboys. The dedications are written in gold printed lettering.
Inscription
Four tablets left to right: IN LOVING MEMORY / OF / HUBERT THORPE / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1916 IN LOVING MEMORY OF / BENJAMIN COGAN / EDWARDS / WHO FELL IN / THE GREAT WAR 1918 IN MEMORY OF / ERNEST WREN / AND ALBERT WREN / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1916 & 1917 IN MEMORY OF / JAMES LEWIS / WHO FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1918
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Edwards, Benjamin Cogan
Lewis, James
Thorpe, Hubert
Wren, Albert
Wren, Ernest
See details for all 5 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 5
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 5
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname, year of death.
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablets
    Measurements: height 190mm, width 290mm
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
History
Until 2012, the tablets were rendered over. They were uncovered during renovation work. Tablets 1 and 2 were in poor condition but were readable and have been restored. Tablets 3 and 4 were severely damaged and unreadable. They were rendered over to prevent water ingress. Fortunately, a ledger held at the East Sussex County Records Office ('Bills and accounts for work done on the new chapel - NMB/7/1/3/1-12 1924 - 1925) has an entry for an unveiling ceremony on 19th November 1924 which listed the names (but not the exact wording) on the tablets together with the costs. The names on tablets 3 and 4 are on the Framfield War Memorial, which gave us their dates of death. As we have no record of the exact wording on tablets 3 and 4, we have based the wording on that used on tablets 1 and 2.
Costs

Memorial: Five pounds per tablet

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Details: Private donation.
Responsibility
The owner of 'Pilgrims' a former Wesleyan Church.

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