Summertown War Memorial (Oxford)

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Reference #251072

Address:

Banbury Road

Oxford

OX2 7EZ

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Latin cross
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: This cross was erected four years before the War Memorial Hall in front of which it stands. It was unveiled by General Sir Arthur Phayre, K.C.B. and dedicated by Bishop Shaw, Archdeacon of Oxford, in the autumn of 1921. The architects were Messrs Boulton & Paul Ltd of Norwich. The Latin cross bears a sword of sacrifice. It has a tapering shaft on a plinth, which in turn stands on a three-stepped base. The inscription is on the front face, and there is a metal sword on the front face of the cross.
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[West side, facing Banbury Road: quotation from Proverbs 12:28] IN THE WAY / OF RIGHTEOUSNESS / IS LIFE / AND IN / THE PATHWAY / THEREOF / THERE IS NO / DEATH [East side, facing the church hall] IN PROUD / AND GRATEFUL / REMEMBRANCE / OF THE MEN OF / SUMMERTOWN WHO / NOBLY GAVE THEIR / LIVES FOR KING / AND COUNTRY AND / RIGHTEOUSNESS / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918 [Added immediately below this after World War 2]1939–1945

[None apparent, but the Imperial War Museums' database for this memorial lists 66 names which were presumably obtained from elsewhere?]

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