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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
North Bedfordshire
Town
Kempston
County
Bedfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Messrs.Samuel Foster of Kempston (Builder)
Mr. George P. Allen, FRIBA. (Architect)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 11 Nov 1921
    Attended by: Bishop of St Albans
  • Unveiled
    Date: Undefined
    Attended by: Mrs S. H. Whitbread, wife of the then Lord Lt. of the County.
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
7634
Current location

North side of Bedford Road
28
Kempston Barracks (now The Keep)
Bedford Road
Kempston
North Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
MK42 8AJ
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 03931 48470
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Concave wall with temple. Temple of Portland Stone, has domed roof and four columns. Bronze doors at front, stained glass windows rear. To front of temple stand two obelisks, the one on left is to the First World War and the other to the right is to the Second World War. Both obelisks have a sword of sacrifice mounted to front face and bear carved regimental crests in relief. Decorated pillars on each end of wall: (1) rose & garland, wreath & lewis gun, entrenching tool, grenades, mortar. (2) rose & garland, wreath, vickers gun, pick, haversack, tin helmet and grenades. Each side of the wall has four stone pillars set into the wall. Lettering is in black. Behind the memorial is a garden of remembrance .
Inscription
Temple: THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE Left Obelisk 6 o'clock position: 1914 - 1919/TO THE SACRED/AND GLORIOUS MEMORY/OF THE OFFICERS/WARRANT OFFICERS/NON COMMISSIONED OFFICERS/AND MEN OF THE/BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT/WHO FELL IN/THE GREAT WAR/THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN ERECTED/BY THEIR COMRADES AND THE FRIENDS/OF THE REGIMENT.. Right Obelisk, 6 o'clock position: 1939 - 1945/TO THE SACRED/AND/GLORIOUS MEMORY/OF THE OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS,/NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN/OF THE BEDFORDSHIRE AND/HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT AND/WHO DIED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR./THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN ERECTED/BY THEIR COMRADES AND BY THE MEN AND WOMEN/LIVING IN THE COUNTIES OF/BEDFORDSHIRE AND HERTFORDSHIRE. Different position on Obelish contain names of battles and regiments for both World Wars.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Building
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
  • Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regimental 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
As originally constructed the WW1 obelisk was centrally placed in front of the temple, but was moved c1950 so as to match the ww2 obelisk.
Costs

Memorial: Free

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Responsibility
The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regimental Association
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Roll of Honour www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/ KempstonWarMemorialBarracks.html
  • AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 42 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

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