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Little Saxham

Town or City: Bury St Edmunds
County: Suffolk
Country: England
WMT Reference Number: WM4234

Value of grant: £340.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme
Year: 2012

UKNIWM reference number: 5260

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Little Saxham war memorial is located on the south side of the churchyard of St Nicholas near Bury St Edmunds. The memorial consists of a cross on a plinth constructed out of Portland stone and is located on a York stoLittle Saxham war memorial before grant works © M Burt, 2011ne base. The arms of the cross have carved detailing on the ends. All four sides of the Portland stone plinth are incised with an inscription and contain the names of the two men from Little Saxham who lost their lives during the First World War.

In 2012, War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £340 through the Small Grants Scheme towards the cleaning and re-pointing of the war memorial as well as the deepening and sharpening of the letters where required. This was necessary as the inscriptions on the memorial had become illegible. A biocide was applied and the memorial was cleaned using water, natural bristle brushes and wooden scalpels. The memorial was re-pointed using a lime mortar mix, and ultimately it was decided that the deepening or sharpening of lettering was unnecessary as the inscriptions were deemed legible following cleaning. As part of the offer made by War Memorials Trust, the use of abrasive cleaning methods, including chemicals, detergents or metal bristle brushes was not allowed.

The memorial was constructed by F H Goddard and unveiled on the 26th September 1920. The inscription reads:
Little Saxham war memorial after grant works © M Burt, 2012
“Lest we forget
to the glory of God
in grateful loving memory of
the men who laid down their lives
liberty and honour
in the Great War 1914-1918
Pte. Charles Rogers 5th Suffolk Regiment. Missing Aug 1915
Pte. William Rolfe 10th Suffolk Regiment. Died Oct 1916

"Translated from
the warfare of the world
into the peace of God"

in recognition of those
from this parish
who nobly came forward for
their King and country"

"In peace they sleep
God their souls
will safely keep”

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM4234
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 5260

War Memorials Online: 135642

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

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