Donisthorpe War Memorial Gateway


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Reference WMO256198

Address:

Church Street

Donisthorpe

Swadlincote

DE12 7PX

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Arch
Materials:
  • Brick Brick
  • Metal Iron
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Donisthorpe War Memorial Gateway stands on the south side of Church Street and originally formed the entrance to a recreation ground (now Donisthorpe Memorial Park) which was laid out as a war memorial in 1920. In the late C20 a new entrance was created at the corner of Church Street and Ramscliff Avenue and the gateway is now permanently closed. The gateway comprises a pair of elaborate wrought-iron gates set between red brick piers of square section. The piers have deeply moulded caps surmounted by elaborate wrought-iron mountings supporting an overthrow with the inscription
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'WHO DIES IF ENGLAND LIVES / IN MEMORIAM'. bronze plaques fixed to each gate pier. 'IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE / MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 / GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS', 'IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 / "THEY WERE AS A WALL UNTO US / BOTH BY DAY AND NIGHT" / "AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN/ AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL / REMEMBER THEM" '. (names) IN MEMORY OF THOSE / OF THE PARISH WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES IN / THE SECOND WORLD WAR / 1939 - 1945 / [NAMES] / RIP'

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