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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Bath and NE Somerset
Town
South Stoke
County
Somerset
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Messrs. Hughes Bolckow & Co. Ltd. (Manufacturer)
Ceremony
  • Placed
    Date: 1921
    Attended by:
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
7467
Current location

On the south wall inside the Church.
St. James The Great Church
Old School Hill
South Stoke
Bath and NE Somerset
Somerset
BA2 7DS
England

OS Grid Ref: ST 74647 61233
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Originally a wooden triptych with a triangular pediment, a hinged door on each side of the central panel, and a pedestal below; after World War 2, an extra hinged panel was attached to each of the doors, in order to add the names of those who served in that conflict. The central panel of the memorial contains a brass Latin cross, beneath whose arms are the names of those who died in both World Wars (each of whom has a gold asterisk beside their name, denoting that they died). The door panels that are immediately adjacent to that central section bear the names of villagers who survived their World War 1 service; the outer extensions of each door bear the names of those who survived their World War 2 service. The dedicatory inscription is painted in gold and red letters; all the names are painted in black.
Inscription
Pediment: FOR/GOD, KING & COUNTRY Central panel: GREATER LOVE HATH/NO MAN THAN THIS/ 1914 - 1918/ (WW1 NAMES)/1939-1945 /(WW2 NAMES)/ *THE HEROIC DEAD. Adjoining door-panels: ROLL/ OF HONOUR/1914-1918/(NAMES). Outer door-panels: ROLL/OF HONOUR/ 1939-1945 / (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, J M
Adams, R H
Ainsworth, J A
Ainsworth, T R
Andrews, B
Andrews, H
Ashman, P
Badder, G
Barrett, F
Bath, E
See details for all 120 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 67
    Served and returned: 57
    Died: 10
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, initials, surname, plus military unit of those who died.
    Order of information: Survivors are broadly listed alphabetically by surname; casualties appear to be listed chronologically by date of death.
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 53
    Served and returned: 51
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials
    Order of information: The list of survivors is broadly alphabetical by surname, but with several recorded out of order
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: height 914 mm, width 1829 mm
    Materials: Wood - Teak
Listing information
Condition
History
After WW2, an extra hinged panel was added to each of the doors of the original WW1 triptych.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Parishioners
Responsibility
Parish Council
Reference
  • "Southstoke History", by John Canvin (page 31) states in its record of St James the Great Church that "The War Memorial shrine on the South wall was given in 1921".
  • Bath and North East Somerset Council's Minutes dated 22/1/2004: approved the Parish Council's request to formally change the village's name from "Southstoke" to "South Stoke", which is therefore now its correct title

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