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Luton Hoo Memorial Park

Town or City: Luton
County: Bedfordshire
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM9304

Value of grant: £2700.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: WMT Grant Scheme
Year: 2017

UKNIWM reference number: 0000

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This war memorial comprises a granite obelisk, rectangular on plan with a two-stepped base and with geometric frieze to central course. The memorial is incised with a dedication inscription to Alexander Piggott Wernher and the men of Luton who gave their lives during World War I. The memorial is located at the centre of Luton Hoo Memorial Park.

In 2017 War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £2,700 towards the undertaking of conservation works to clean the memorial using the DOFF steam cleaning system. In addition, construction joints were raked out of loose and failing mortar and then repointed using a lime mortar.

Luton Hoo Memorial Park is dedicated to those from Luton who lost their lives during World War I presented by Lady Ludlow to the people of Luton on the 12th June 1920, in memory of her son Alex Piggott Wernher who was killed in action in 1916. She unveiled the War Memorial to her son and the other gallant men of Luton who lost their lives at a ceremony on 10th December 1922.

The inscription on the memorial reads: 

Luton Hoo Memorial Park The Site Of This Park Was Presented To The Borough Of Luton By Lady Wernher Lady Of The Manor Of Luton In Commemoration Of The Great Victory Of The Allies And As A Memorial To Her Son Alexander Pigott Wernher 1st Welsh Guards Killed In Action 1916 And To All The Other Gallant Men Of Luton Who Gave Thier Lives For Their Country In The Great War 1914 To 1918

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM9304
UK National Inventory of War Memorials:

War Memorials Online: 202308

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

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