WAR MEMORIAL

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Location;

The War Memorial is located in the Churchyard of
St John The Baptist Church,
accessed from Green End,
Granborough MK18 3NS.

Description;

The memorial is a free standing Gothic-style Latin cross, with
tracery details 
in the angles of each arm, on a tapering chamfered
shaft, standing almost 
5m high.
The plinth bears the inscription in carved letters;

1914-1918 THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
IN HONOURED REMEMBRANCE OF ALL WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR
AND ESPECIALLY OF THOSE FROM GRANBOROUGH

The plinth sits on an octagonal two-tiered base, the upper tier
inscribed with 
the names of five men from Granborough who fell
in the First World War.

More information about the men is listed below
(Source Lost Ancestors Website).

History

The Granborough War Memorial was raised as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by five members of the
local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The war memorial was designed by F E Howard and constructed by W Wise and Son in Clipsham Limestone.

Granborough War Memorial was unveiled by Mrs Frederick Verney on 24 July 1921 with the dedication ceremony
conducted by the Rev E G Walmsley.

Names

The men commemorated by the memorial are;

Name:
Rank:
Service No.:
Date of Death:
Age:
Regiment:
Cemetery:
Information:
Charles Ernest Curtis
Private
1141
21 August 1915
29
Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars
Helles Memorial, Turkey (including Gallipoli)
Son of Robert and Mary Leah Curtis who farmed in
Lower Hogshaw, Grandborough
Name:
Rank:
Service No.:
Date of Death:
Age:
Regiment:
Cemetery:
Information:
Aubrey John Edward Dickins
Private
5438
03 June 1916
18
1st/28th Bn. London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles)
St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France
Son of Joseph and Gertrude Dickins, of
Green End House, Grandborough
Name:
Rank:
Service No.:
Date of Death:
Age:
Regiment:
Cemetery:
Information:
Rowland Dickens
Private
2061
22 February 1915
19
Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Ypres (Menin Gate), Belgium
Son of Edward and Elizabeth Dickins,
of Granborough
Name:
Rank:
Service No.:
Date of Death:
Age:
Regiment:
Cemetery:
Information:
Ernest Thomas Rickard
Private
26283
09 April 1917
29
5th Bn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Arras Memorial, France
Son of Thomas and Flora Rickard
Husband of Nina Rickard, of Grandborough
Name:
Rank:
Service No.:
Date of Death:
Age:
Regiment:
Cemetery:
Information:
Herbert Foskett (Probably)
Private
10839
30 September 1915
Unknown
2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta
None

Upkeep 

Granborough Parish Council had the war memorial restored in 2011 by Inspire Conservation, with the help of a grant from War Memorials Trust for 50% of the cost.  The memorial was cleaned using DOFF system, ammonia bicarbonate solution and quarternary ammonious compound, non metallic brushes, sponges and spatulas.  Lime mortar was used for repairs and matching stone fixed with stainless steel dowels and lime mortar where repairs were not possible.  The brick base was excavated, soil removed, edges strengthened and the trench filled with pebbles to drain away surface water.  The brick base was re-pointed using a colour matched lime mortar.  Cementious mortars were removed.  The contractor advised against re-cutting of the letters due to the nature of the limestone.

The memorial had a further clean in April 2014 by Inspire Conservation.  A biocide was applied to the whole monument plus lime mortar repairs were made to the spalling stone and other small fractures.  A doff clean was deemed unnecessary.  The lettering was once again discussed with both the war memorials trust and the contractor and once again it was decided not to re-cut the lettering.

In September 2016 the memorial was given Listed status by Historic England meaning that any work to the memorial must now be approved.  In April 2017 the Parish Council gained approval from the War Memorials Trust and Historic England, to carry out a further DOFF clean and repair weather damage on the plinth and base.  The War Memorials Trust have advised that DOFF cleaning should now only be once every five years, as the cleaning causes erosion.