United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

Rickmansworth Cenotaph

Our Ref: 1169

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Address

St Marys Church
Church St
Rickmansworth
HERTFORDSHIRE
England
WD3 1JB
 
Type:Cenotaph
Denomination:Church of England
Other Location Details:

In churchyard.

OS Map Ref:TQ 061 942

Previous Locations

AddressDate MovedReason for Move
Junction with Uxbridge Rd
Ebury Rd
Rickmansworth
HERTFORDSHIRE
England
May 1968Removed for road construction: site is now Ebury Roundabout.

Inscription

IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY / OF MEN OF THIS / DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR /1914 / 1918 / ROLL OF HONOUR / (Names) / ROLL OF HONOUR / 1939-1945 AND SUBSEQUENT CONFLICTS

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
CenotaphSTONE - PORTLAND4350MM3160MM1680MMGood
FIGUREBRONZE   Lost

Physical Description

Cenotaph with a seated woman at the north and south faces, one symbolizing the sorrow and despair of 1914, and the other the hopeful triumph of 1918. It was originally designed to have a pyramid cap on top, but this design was amended to include the statue of a lion with its paws holding down an eagle. The statue was later removed (see our record 1170), and a pyramid cap substituted in June 1968.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:194
Served & Returned0
Died194
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?surname
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, decorations
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?Yes
WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:82
Served & Returned0
Died82
Is this an exact count?Not known
Other relevant InformationTotal is combined number for multiple wars listed together on the memorial
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
WarKorean War (1950-1953)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died?
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarFalklands Conflict (1982)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died?
Is this an exact count?Not known
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?

Three Rivers District Council, as successor to Rickmansworth Urban District Council.

Maintenance History:

Statue removed in 1940, and reinstated in 1951, but removed again when the memorial was dismantled in May 1968, and eventually resited separately: see our record 1170.
Signs of lichen c 1999. Memorial cleaned Nov. 1999.

Ceremonies

Date:31 July 1921
RolePerformed By
OpenedFM The Earl of Cavan
DedicatedREV F HALSEY
Date:1983
RolePerformed By
UnveiledAir Marshal Sir Ivor Broom

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?SCROLL
If so, where is it?

INSIDE CHURCH

Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:£2000
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
SIR WILLIAM REID DICKSculptor

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

See also our ref 1170.
'Rickmansworth Historical Society Newsletter' No. 39 (Dec.1997) pp.7-9; Adrienne Jacks: 'A Chronicle for Rickmansworth 1902-1952' (Three Rivers District Council, Jan. 1991);Diary of Albert Freeman (local government officer 1895-1936): extracts 1918-1922.

Comments: 
Photographs:16
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:Yes
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:2
Press Cuttings:1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
Watford Observer  6 October 1921 
The Times  28 July 1921 p.7 col.d 
OrganisationIdWebsite
Carter Postcard Collection1169 and 1170