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Introducing 2004 listed surnames firstly presented a remembrance gallery, identifying and honouring remembrance all those given official recognition on the Huthwaite Cemetery War Memorial. Paged updates will continue sharing any further discovered details, especially when receiving photos and memorabilia directly sent from proud family contributors. That project has added names plus veterans, when given memories through WWII learned how Huthwaite shared other war time efforts producing this historic chapter.

Cemetery CenotaphCommonwealth War Memorial in Huthwaite Cemetery

Lest they be forgotten

Proud placement of the Huthwaite War Memorial inside former Urban District Council cemetery grounds credited their 1920 design to architect Mr E.W. Bostock. Whitehall Cenotaph. Presenting that sandstone ashlar monolith mounted on stepped flower trough plinth gained best recognition as a miniature version of the London Cenotaph.

That original Whitehall cenotaph was temporarily positioned to purposefully celebrate a 1919 peace parade marking Armistice Day. Finding wreaths being spontaneously laid around unveiled base showed it stirred strong public emotions mourning lives lost in the Great War. Demand for a permanent monumental stone replacement likewise led to siting thousands of memorials identifying local casualties. Introducing 1921 Remembrance with Sunday service nearest 11 November at 11am, would sadly see need to additionally commemorate British and Commonwealth service personal resulting from a Second World War.

THEY   NOBLY   PLAYED   THEIR   PART
THEY HEARD THEIR COUNTRY'S CALL
FOR   GOD     AND   KING     AND   RIGHT
THEY     GAVE     THEIR     ALL


The Huthwaite cenotaph is adorned on south face with symbolic brass wreath above this versed inscription. North face had to afterwards feature a second war plaque with listed surnames. Above those may now recognise one of Sir Edwin Lutyens earlier influential designs titled Cross of Sacrifice, plus stepped platform representing his Stone of Remembrance had also been proposed for initial use by the Imperial War Graves Commission.


30 May 04     by Gary Elliott       Updated 12 Sep 20