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Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
Designer SIR EDWIN LUTYENSBuilder MESSRS G E WALLIS AND SONS LTD
31 July 1921
Unveiling MAJ.GEN. SIR EDMUND LEACH
Dedication Archbishop of Canterbury
DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands at the junction of paths in the north-east part of Brenchley Gardens. In the form of Luyens’ cenotaph in Whitehall, London, it stands on a rectangular stone platform of three steps. It is rectangular in plan. At the top is a plain chest tomb with a moulded cover, on which lies a laurel wreath. The tomb stands on a three-stage base which, in turn, stands on a tall shaft, set back towards its upper section. Beneath is a two-stage base with cyma recta moulding to the foot of the shaft.
The cenotaph is sparsely enriched. On either end, at the upper corners of the shaft, are carved stone bosses with laurels suspended by stone fillets. Inscriptions on the south-east and north-west faces read: THE/ GLORIOUS DEAD/ OF/ THE QUEENS OWN/ ROYAL WEST KENT/ REGIMENT/ NUMBERING 6866 OF/ ALL RANKS/ ALSO/ NUMBERING 1663 OF/ ALL RANKS. On the north-east face above the wreath is MCM/ XIX, and below the wreath MCM/XLV; on the south-west face above the wreath is MCM/ XIV, and below the wreath MCM/ XXXIX.
c Historic England Listing entry