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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Newbury
Town
Leckhampstead
County
Berkshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
7807
Current location

Village Green
Shop Lane
Leckhampstead
Newbury
Berkshire
RG20 8QJ
England

OS Grid Ref: SU 43939 76410
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Two-stepped square base surmounted by a square sectioned plinth & a stout, square sectioned tapering obelisk with a clock on two faces. Hands of clock are made of bayonets, machine-gun ammunition marks the minutes and the Roman numerals are rifle ammunition. Incised inscriptions are on slate tablets, inset into the four sides of the plinth. Shell cases rest on staddle stones surrounding the memorial, and the chain linking the stones belonged to a battleship which fought at the Battle of Jutland Clocks at 6 & 12 o'clock faces of obelisk ; 3 o'clock face : Relief of George V ; 9 o'clock face : Man on horseback, incised 1914 - 1918 A WW2 angled stone incised tablet is located on the upper step face, adjacent to the base of the plinth. The whole memorial is sited within a gravelled area enclosed by a low post & chain fence, further surrounded by a perimeter garden.
Inscription
6 o'clock upper step : These gave their lives / 1939-1945 / (2 NAMES) 6 o'clock (south) plinth face : TO THE NOBLE DEAD / (17 NAMES) / PASS NOT THIS STONE IN SORROW, BUT IN PRIDE./AND MAY YOU LIVE AS NOBLY AS THEY DIED. 9 o'clock (west) plinth face : ERECTED/TO COMMEMORATE/THE/ GREAT WAR/ AUGUST 1914 TO NOVEMBER 1919. 12 o'clock (north) plinth face : THESE ALSO SERVED/(NAMES)/THE MEN WERE VERY GOOD TO US, AND WE WERE/NOT HURT THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US BOTH BY/NIGHT AND DAY. 1.Sam. XXV 15-16.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Beckett, E J
Beckett, J
Blundy, H
Fisher, G
Glass, E
Janaway, R
Mason, A
Neighbour, A W
Neighbour, F J
Newman, A
See details for all 17 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 89
    Served and returned: 72
    Died: 17
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, initials, rank.
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Initials, surname, rank.
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: depth 3353 mm, height 7620 mm, width 3353 mm
    Materials: Stone - Portland
Listing information
  • Leckhampstead 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
The memorial is 'at risk' as base of memorial is crumbling. Second World War plaque in very poor condition.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
Parish Council

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