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Town or City: Burwell
County: Cambridgeshire
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM877

Value of grant: £250.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Adding and/or correcting inscriptions/names
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2003

UKNIWM reference number: 3572

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Burwell Cottage war memorial before additions © A Simpson 2003The memorial in the east Cambridgeshire village of Burwell is a war memorial cottage with a roll of honour incorporated into the gable wall of the cottage, which stands at 19 The Causeway. The house was formerly occupied by the District Nurse. The roll of honour consists of incised and black painted lettering on limestone panels, with inset tile decorations. The World War I names are recorded alphabetically on three panels. At some point a small panel has been added below the original centre panel to record five additional names. The lettering is in a matching style and font, but a slightly different stone was used. Two smaller panels which exactly match the original have been added on either side of the World War I panels to record the World War II casualties. A stone planter runs along the wall below the memorial. There is a cross in brick built in to the gable end above the memorial.

During the build up to the millennium celebrations it was discovered that some names had been omitted from the memorial, those of four men from World War I, two from World War II and three who died in subsequent conflicts. It was decided that these should be added to the memorial. Therefore, in June 2003 War Memorials Trust gave £250 towards work to build two new walls at right angles to the memorial, each if which was to support a new panel, erect these two new memorial panels and clean and re-point stonework where necessary and re-paint all lettering.

Burwell Cottage war memorial before additions © A Simpson 2003The inscription on the panel above the names on the house reads

In honoured memory of the following men of this village
who died for us in the Great War 1914 – 1919
this cottage was erected by the people of Burwell

The memorial was originally unveiled on 20th February 1921 by Col. Clayton. After the work was completed in 2003 the memorial was re-dedicated on Sunday 13th October 2003 and unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. The Minden Band, the Queen’s Division, led a parade of standards, ex-servicemen, cadets and other youth organisations.

Burwell war memorial © A Simpson 2003

Burwell war memorial © A Simpson 2003

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM877
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 3572

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

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