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Branston War Memorial Cross

Conflict Commemorated:WW1 and WW2

Address:Jct High and Silver Street


Type of Memorial:Cross

Architect/ Designer:Sir Reginald Blomfield

Commisioned By:Branston War Memorial Committee and by public subscription.

Manufacturer:Messrs H T Jenkins and Son Ltd Marble merchants Torquay and erected by Cook and Canham Builders of Branston

Materials Used:Portland Stone

Description:Cross of sacrifice as designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. The names of the fallen from the First World war are incised into a hexagonal stone block beneath the cross and eight names for the Second World War have been added to teh step below that. The incised letters are infilled with lead characters.

Inscription:Pte. J. Craggs February 8 1915, Pte. F. G. Denton May 17 1915, Pte. W. Cram June 18 1915, 2nd Lieut. J. H. R. Hanning Septemeber 26 1919, Corpl. J. Kitchen September 26 1915, Pte. J. Redford September 26 1915, Pte. R. C. Redford September 26 1915, Lce.-Corpl. A. H. Humberstone July 1 1916, Sergt. H. G. Dowman October 16 1916, Lce.-Corpl. S. Allen October 22 1916, Pte. F. Chilton December 10 1916, Pte. G. Wilkinson February 11 1917, A.B., R.N., W. Loversedge March 18 1917, Pte. G. Coupland April 28 1917, Pte G. W. Nixon April 11 1917, Pte. A. Ash April 15 1917, Corpl. W. Blissitt April 28 1917, Pte. T. Harrison May 19 1917, Pte. J. W. Smith October 7 1918, Pte. C. Brown August 11 1917, Pte.T. Overton August 16 1917, Pte. C. H. Cressey August 22 1917, Pte. A. East August 22 1917, Pte, F. J. Pearson November 1917, Sergt. R. Newton November 27 1917, Pte. P. Espin November 28 1917, Pte. A. Sharp March 21 1918, Lce.-Corpl. A. Carricoates April 15 1918, 1st-Cl. Air-Mech J. R. Canham April 27 1918, Corpl. H/ M/ Waltham May 9 1918, Pte. T. Taylor May 23 1918, Pte. F. H. Baker July 16 1918, # Lce.-Corpl. J. Dowman August 5 1918, Pte. R. A. Burchnall Septemebr 2 1918, Fitter W. Baker September 18 1918, Pte. J. S. Smith October 7 1918, Sgt. J. Wilkinson May 3 1919. 1939-45 V S Plumtree R C S, E Moulding RAF, H Horner R.N. R E Ablesmith G.G. J J Smith R.A.F. E Shackley R. A.F. W G Cooper R.A.F. R Denton R.A.

Transcription:To the praise and honour of God, and in glorious remembrance of the men of Branston, who fighting for their King and Country in the War for the World's Freedom passed to the life beyond." 1914 - 1919. "Their names liveth for evermore." "This cross of peace is set up by the people of Branston in loving remembrance of those men from this parish who gave their lives in the Great War; and in devout thankfulness for the preservation of the lives of the 130 men who were spared to come back." "Lest we forget." Peace.

Notes on Condition:In 1999 the whole site was re-designed as part of a community garden and the memorial restored and rededicated on 26 September 1999

Notes:The monument was unveiled on 20th March 1921. Prior to the unveiling, an united memorial service was conducted by the Rector (Rev. C. H. Hanning) in All Saints church, at which the Rev. F. J. Harvey (Wesleyan) read the lesson, and an address was given by the Rev. J. O. Johnston, D.D., Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral. The unveiling ceremony was performed by Major Johnson, who, following the dedication by the Chancellor, delivered a short address. The "Last Post", the "Reveille" and "God save the King" concluded an impressive and memorable ceremony. Subsequently relatives and friends place a large number of wreaths and flowers at the base of the Cross, and prominent amongst them was a massive floral tribute from the Comrades of the Great War. 167 men from Branston had been sent to war, and 130 returned.

Sources Used:Lincolnshire Chronicle, Saturday, March 26th 1921, Lincolnshire Chronicle dated 29th April 1922

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