War Memorial

The War Memorial

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Spooner Row as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 15 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Like many Norfolk war memorials, this example at Spooner Row is situated within the churchyard.

Following the Second World War, the dates of this conflict and the names of the two casualties were added to the memorial.

The names are as follows;

1914-1919

F. Barker A. Fordham H. Blyth E. Howlett E. A. Brown
J. Collett L. C. Brown C. H. Sewell W. Bunn R. G. Sewell
A. Carpenter R. J. Smith S. Doubleday W. Starling G. G. Warnes

1939 – 1945

A. R. Lawrence W. Taylor

The memorial itself is made of rough-hewn grey granite and takes the form of a wheel-head cross rising from a tapering, four-sided plinth, which surmounts a single-step stone base. The south face of the plinth has a smooth inset panel, which bears the dedications and names in leaded lettering.

This memorial is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.  The listing comment reads “as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts”. 

Sources

Historic England https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1455770

War Memorials Register http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/65545

Photograph Stephen Ward

National Grid Reference: TM0962797411

Note

If anyone would like to take on the task of identifying any or all of those named on the memorial, then please do so.  We would like to know who they were, where they lived in our community and much more.