Moreton-in-Marsh and Batsford War Memorial

Orientation & Geography

Europe, United Kingdom, Gloucestershire

Moreton-in-Marsh and Batsford War Memorial stands in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and is a memorial to those of Moreton and Batsford killed in the First and Second World Wars. The erection of the memorial on the High Street began in November 1920. It is built of Hollington stone from Staffordshire, and stands twenty-four feet high. The work was carried out by R. I. Boulton and Sons of Cheltenham to Guy Dawber's design. Carved at the top of the memorial are the figures of St. George and the Dragon from the model prepared by the sculptor, Allan Wyon of London. The total cost was around £700, raised primarily from public subscriptions. The memorial consists of an octagonal flight of five steps, upon which stands a sur-base containing panels and surmounted around the top by the inscription "In grateful memory of the men of Moreton and Batsford who gave their lives in the Great War". On four panels are inscribed the names of the forty-four men who died. On a fifth panel was later inscribed "These men also gave their lives 1939-1945" with the names of seven men who fell in the Second World War. On the sur-base is superimposed another base block with cusped and traceried panels containing the arms of the County of Gloucestershire and of St. George emblazoned in colour and gilt. Above this rises an octagonal shaft crowned by the carved figure of St. George and the Dragon. The unveiling took place on the afternoon of Saturday 26 March 1921, when there was a large crowd from Moreton and the surrounding villages. Over seventy of the local branch of the Comrades of the Great War paraded under Captain Henderson, as did the Girl Guides under Miss D. Southorn, the Boy Scouts under Scoutmaster Haines, and nurses from the VAD Hospital at Kitebrook under their Commandant, Mrs Pritchard OBE. Sir Gilbert Wills of Batsford Park gave a brief address before the monument was formally unveilled by Lord Redesdale. In 2001, a further "peace time" casualty was added to the memorial. The book Moreton in Marsh & Batsford War Memorial ISBN 0907616364 by war memorial researcher Kenneth Fowler was written about this War Memorial and all those commemorated upon it and includes the military burials in Moreton-in-Marsh cemetery.