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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Aylesbury Vale
Town
Aylesbury
County
Buckinghamshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Falklands Conflict (1982)
Maker
Webster & Cannon, S B Goslin & Son, Fred Taylor ARIBA
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15th September 1921
    Attended by: Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire
  • Dedicated
    Date: 20 May 1951
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20 May 1951
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
  • Dedicated
    Date: 15th September 1921
    Attended by: Rev V L Whitechurch
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
8077
Current location

North end of Market Square.
Market Square
Aylesbury
Aylesbury Vale
Buckinghamshire
HP20 1TW
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 81924 13763
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A cross of sacrifice with a sword on the front face rises from the centre of a low wall which bears a nowy-headed plaque with a Maltese cross. The wall also has inset bronze name panels. The area is surrounded by low chain link fence. Street lamps rise from each each end of wall. The lamp bases are ornamented with acanthus leaf and the shafts wreathed in laurels
Inscription
1914 1918/ THEIR MEMORY/ LIVES/ FOR EVERMORE (Names on plaques on wall)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Ailward, J
Allen, Mervyn R W
Archer, J A
Bailey, L H
Barnes, F
Barnes, S
Bateman, C E
Bateman, J T
Bateman, S
Baynton, S J
See details for all 232 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 230
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 230
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,forename,decorations
    Order of information: surname,forename,decorations,rank
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 108
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 108
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,forename,decorations
    Order of information: surname
  • Falklands Conflict (1982)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: height 21FT
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • Aylesbury 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
Sir Reginald Blomfield, who designed the IWGC Cross of Sacrifice, was critical of this memorial, both for pirating his design and for the execution: '... There is a deplorable example...in the market-place at Aylesbury. The local man has done his best, but he has simply murdered my Cross.'- 'Memoirs of An Architect' (London, 1932) pp.179-180. Sep. 1997: memorial cleaned.
Costs

Comments: Masonry £1510 6s; metalwork £420. The majority of the work was done by ex-servicemen.
Memorial: £1930 6s.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • Bucks Herald 28 Feb. 1920;12 March 1921; 17 Sep. 1921; 24 Sep.1997; 5 Nov. 1997.
  • Memories of an Architect - R. Bloomfield - London 1932 - pgs. 178- 81
  • Original in IWM
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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