Information for record number MWA3132:
War Memorial on London Road, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, near Rugby, Warwickshire

Summary A First World War war memorial in the form of an obelisk. It is situated on London Road, north east of Stretton on Dunsmore at the junction of the A45 and B4455
What Is It?  
Type: War Memorial, Obelisk, Commemorative Monument
Period: Modern (1914 AD - 1918 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Stretton on Dunsmore
District: Rugby, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 41 73
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Listed Building (Grade: II*)
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 War Memorial, on the A45 (London Road). This obelisk commemorates a review of troops performed at that spot in 1915 by George V and lists the prominent figures there who were about to go to war. It also indicates that the trees along the A45 were planted as the county's tribute to the fallen of the war.
2 Described as 29th division column. Unveiled, 24th May 1921 (Empire Day), Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire; dedicated by the Bishop of Coventry on the same day. Inscription: 6 o'clock face: here / in the centre of england / where telford's coaching Road / from london to holyhead / is crossed by the roman fosse way / on the 12th of march 1915 / his majesty king george v / reviewed his troops / of the immortal / xxix division / shortly before they enbarked / for active service / in gallipoli / in memory of their stay in warwickshire / 1914-15 and of their incomparable services / since the avenue on this Road was replanted / and this monument erected by / inhabitants of the county. / xxixth division / order of battle on leaving england march 1915 /. 3 and 9 o'clock faces: (names and regiments)
3 Selected as a memorial site (as was Cyclists Memorial at Meriden) as being representative of the whole country (being in the centre of England) as well as for their particular associations. Portland Stone. As set out in the inscription quoted in
2 above, 19,000 men of the 29th Division sailed to join the Mediterannean Expeditionary Force following a review by King George V. obelisk commemorates the review although at the time people saw it as a memorial to those who fell. Many of the trees planted in 1740 had been blown down by a storm in 1912 and were replaced with limes in 1918. The memorial was originally on a mound flanked by captured German guns. The remodelling of the traffic junction in 1984 left it on the west side of a roundabout. The guns may have been removed during World War II or when the A45 was made a dual-carriageway. Information board by the A45 at the northwest corner of the junction. Colour photograph of memorial p59. Black and white photograph of 1920s postcard of memorial flanked by pair of captured German guns (WCRO PH 3521/173/46) page 59. Colour photograph of memorial page 60.
5 The War Memorial is a Listed Building and has been assessed, and regraded, as part of the English Heritage First World War Commemoration Project. The monument is now a grade II* Listed Building.

Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: The Obelisks of Warwickshire
Author/originator: Warwickshire Gardens Trust
Date: 2013
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Internet Data
Title: War Memorials Archive (online database)
Author/originator: Imperial War Museum
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Source No: 5
Source Type: Statuatory List
Title: National Heritage List for England
Author/originator: Historic England
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: SMR Card
Author/originator: GTD
Date: 1983
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: PRN 3439
Source No: 4
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: 29th Division War Memorial, Stretton-on-Dunsmore (1425371)
Author/originator: English Heritage
Date: 2015
Page Number:
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designation Listed Building Buildings and structures, such as bridges, that are of architectural or historical importance are placed on a statutory list. These buildings are protected by planning and conservation acts that ensure that their special features of interest are considered before any alterations are made to them.

Depending on how important the buildings are they are classed as Grade I, Grade II* or Grade II. Grade I buildings are those of exceptional interest. Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Those listed as Grade II are those buildings that are regarded of special interest.
source SMR Card Sites and Monuments Record Card. The Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record began to be developed during the 1970s. The details of individual archaeological sites and findspots were written on record cards. These record cards were used until the 1990s, when their details were entered on to a computerised system. The record cards are still kept at the office of the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Modern The Modern Period, about 1915 AD to the present (the 20th and 21st centuries AD)

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period Roman About 43 AD to 409 AD (the 1st century AD to the 5th century AD)

The Roman period comes after the Iron Age and before the Saxon period.

The Roman period in Britain began in 43 AD when a Roman commander called Aulus Plautius invaded the south coast, near Kent. There were a series of skirmishes with the native Britons, who were defeated. In the months that followed, more Roman troops arrived and slowly moved westwards and northwards.
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period modern About 1915 AD to the present (the 20th and 21st centuries AD)

In recent years archaeologists have realised the importance of recording modern sites. They do this so that in the future people will be able to look at the remains to help them understand the events to which they are related.
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monument ROUNDABOUT * A circular construction at the intersection of two or more roads to aid the passage of vehicles from one road to another. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument COMMEMORATIVE MONUMENT * A building, structure or landscape created to commemorate a person or event. back
monument CARRIAGEWAY * The part of a road intended for vehicular traffic. back
monument OBELISK * A tall, tapering pillar with a pyramidal top, generally square on plan. Used in England from the late 16th century as a public, funerary or garden monument. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument WELL * A shaft or pit dug in the ground over a supply of spring-water. back
monument WAR MEMORIAL * A structure, building or site commemorating soldiers and civilians killed in war. back
monument COLUMN * Use for free standing column. back
monument MOUND * A natural or artificial elevation of earth or stones, such as the earth heaped upon a grave. Use more specific type where known. back

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