Bilston Cemetery Cross of Sacrifice

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Reference WMO256308

Address:

Cemetery Road

Bilston

Wolverhampton

WV14 6BN

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other cross
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Latin Cross situated in a corner of the cemetery, follow the path right from the entrance parallel to the road. Obviously a focus of Remembrance Day ceremony. The Cross of Sacrifice is a Commonwealth war memorial designed in 1918 by Sir Reginald Blomfield for the Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). It is present in Commonwealth war cemeteries containing 40 or more graves. Its shape is an elongated Latin cross with proportions more typical of the Celtic cross, with the shaft and cross arm octagonal in section. It ranges in height from 18 to 24 feet (5.5 to 7.3 m). A bronze longsword, blade down, is affixed to the front of the cross It is usually mounted on an octagonal base. It may be freestanding or incorporated into other cemetery features. The Cross of Sacrifice is widely praised, widely imitated, and the archetypal British war memorial. It is the most imitated of Commonwealth war memorials, and duplicates and imitations have been used around the world.
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This Cross of Sacrifice is one in design/ and intention with those which have/ been set up in France and Belgium/ and other places throughout the world/where our dead of the Great War are laid to rest. Their name liveth for evermore

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