Haughton War Memorial

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Reference WMO/199015

Address:

Newport Road

Haughton

Stafford

ST18 9HA

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Unknown cross
Materials:
  • Stone Limestone
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The memorial commemorates the eleven Haughton men who died on active service in the First World War and the one man who died during the Second World War. The memorial was made from Clipsham limestone by Messrs Clary and Wright of Ipswich to the design of W D Caroe and was erected by Mr J Benton of Stafford. The memorial, formerly known as the Wayside Cross, was funded by public subscription. It was dedicated in April 1920 at its former position on the corner of Newport Road and Brazenhill Lane. It was moved to its current site on the corner of Newport Road and Royds Close in 1977, in commemoration of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. A re-dedication service was held at the new site on 18.9.1977. An inscription on the rear of the monument marks this event. At the top of the cross is a downward-pointing arrow. The arrow is an emblem of St Giles, the patron saint of the nearby parish church. On the fourth tier of the base is the poem: Went the day well? We died and never knew, But well or ill, England, We died for you. The names of the eleven men who lost their lives in the Great War are carved on the second tier of the base, to the front and left sides: Frank Abberley, Thomas Butler, William Henry Butler, Frederick James Elton, William Fowell, John Thomas Mould, William Mould, Arthur George Parker, Alfred Redfern, John George Redfern and William Gordon Redfern. The name of Clement Fletcher-Royds, airman, was added at the end of the second conflict. The memorial is situated within 10 metres of the A518 Stafford to Newport road and by 2015 the pollution caused by the increased traffic of recent years had taken its toll on the condition of the stone. There was evidence of pitting, cracking and crumbling. Dirt and moss were beginning to hide the inscriptions, which seemed to be in need of re-carving. Cleaning and re-pointing also seemed to be required. In October 2016, after the award of a grant, restoration of the memorial took place. The memorial was cleaned, it was found unnecessary to re-cut the lettering, old mortar was removed and the memorial was re-pointed using the correct material. The work was completed in time for the memorial to appear in its new pristine condition on Remembrance Day 2016. For many years the memorial, which is set in a green space, was surrounded by well-tended flowerbeds. Following advice given during the restoration the beds were replaced by matching stone chips in spring 2017.
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Went the day well? We died and never knew, But well or ill, England, We died for you.

Frank Abberley, Thomas Butler, William Henry Butler, Frederick James Elton, William Fowell, John Thomas Mould, William Mould, Arthur George Parker, Alfred Redfern, John George Redfern , William Gordon Redfern, Clement Fletcher-Royds

Grade II (England)

1452622

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