United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Swanley

Our Ref: 1149

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Address

St Mary The Virgin Church
St Marys Road
Swanley
KENT
England
BR8 7BU
 
Type:Allegory (eg: Victory)
Denomination:Church of England
Other Location Details:

350m south-east of original location.

OS Map Ref:TQ 512 687

Previous Locations

AddressDate MovedReason for Move
Swanley Cross
Swanley
KENT
England
1980 

Inscription

Obelisk, East face: TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL/ MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF/ SWANLEY/ WHO/ LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918./

Obelisk, east face, plaque: AMONG THE NAMES RECORDED HERE IS THAT/ OF STAFF PAYMASTER JOSEPH T. GEDGE. THE FIRST/ BRITISH OFFICER TO FALL IN THE GREAT WAR./ KILLED ON H.M.S. AMPHION AUGUST . 6 . 1914.

Obelisk, east face, plaque: IN THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF SWANLEY PARISH / WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE / WORLD WAR II 1939-1945

Obelisk, North and South faces: (NAMES)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
FIGUREBRONZE   Good
OBELISKStone   Good
PLAQUEBRONZE   Good

Physical Description

Sculpted figure of 'The Spirit of Sacrifice', a draped, winged, female figure standing on a globe. She holds a laurel wreath in her right hand and a downward pointing sword, grasped by the blade, in her out-stretched left hand.

The statue surmounts an obelisk which rises from a square plinth with a two step square base. A bronze wreath is mounted on the obelisk between the plaques with the inscriptions.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:110
Served & Returned0
Died110
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?Yes
WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:28
Served & Returned0
Died28
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

Grade II listed 5 Nov. 2007

Ceremonies

Date:1 March 1922
RolePerformed By
Unveiled Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Date:1 March 1922
RolePerformed By
Dedicated Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Date:26 October 1980
RolePerformed By
Rededicated UNKNOWN

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
Louis Frederick RoslynSculptor

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Hand written booklet with names on file.

The war memorial at Swanley is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* As an eloquent witness to the impact of tragic world events on this relatively small Kentish town
* For the high quality bronze statue by the London sculptor L F Roslyn who designed many war memorials
* For the local and national historic interest as a memorial to the death of Staff Paymaster Joseph T Geddes, the first British officer to be killed in action in World War I

Comments: 
Photographs:13
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:L
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Press Cuttings:4
OrganisationIdWebsite
Carter Postcard Collection 
Listed Buildings Online http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-503004-swanley-war-memorial-swanley