GRANBOROUGH WAR MEMORIAL

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. Location: St John The Baptist Church, Granborough MK18 3NS

COMMEMORATED:

Name:                Herbert Foskett (probably)
Rank:                  Private
Service No:        10839
Date of Death:  30th September 1915
Age:                     Unknown
Regiment:           2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Cemetery:           Pieta Military Cemetery,
Malta

Name:                  Charles Ernest Curtis
Rank:                    Private
Service No:          1141
Date of Death:    21st August 1915
Age:                       29
Regiment:            Royal Buckinghamshire                                  Hussars
Cemetery:           Helles Memorial, Turkey
                              (including Gallipoli)
Information:
Son of Robert and Mary Leah Curtis who farmed in 
LowerHogshaw, Grandborough

Name:                  Ernest Thomas Rickard
Rank:                    Private
Service No:          26283
Date of Death:    9th April 1917
Age:                       29
Regiment:            5th Bn. Oxford and Bucks
Light Infantry

Cemetery:            Arras Memorial,
France
Information:
Son of Thomas nd Flora Rickard, Husband of Nina Rickard of Grandbrough

Name:                  Rowland Dickens
Rank:                    Private
Service No:          2061
Date of Death:    22nd February 1915
Age:                       19
Regiment:            Queen’s Own Oxfordshire
Hussars
Cemetery:            Ypres (Menin Gate),
Belgium
Information:
Son of Edward and Elizabeth Dickend of Grandborough.

Name:                  Aubery John Dickins
Rank:                    Private
Service No:          5438
Date of Death:    3rd June 1916
Age:                       18
Regiment:            1st/28th Bn. London
Regiment (Artists’ Rifles)

Cemetery:            St. Sever Cemetery,
Rouen, France.
Information:
Son of Joseph and Gertrude Dickins, of Green End House, Grandborough.

Maintenance of the Memorial

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 soft 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.