War Memorial Print

War memorials are a familiar sight in the landscape of the United Kingdom.  They provide insight into not only the changing face of commemoration but also military history, social history and art history.

Holt's war memorial is situated prominently on the Cross in the Centre of the village at OS map reference SJ 410 538 and has the Imperial War memorial reference of 17868.

 

 

 

The memorial is made from stone and sandstone and is in the shape of an obelisk on a square plinth and stepped base. It is surrounded by metal railings. There is a carved sword of sacifice on the front face and the plinth has a carved lion surmounted by a crown. It was carved by Messrs. Mansley, Masons.

The momument was dedicated on the 1st August, 1920 and was dedicated by the vicar [of Holt], the Rev. Jenkyn Jones. An article on the dedication can be found in the 7th August edition of the Wrexham leader. [Thanks to the National Library of Wales for this information.]

The monument was given Grade II Listing by CADW on the 17 July 1996

It has the inscriptions:

PRO PATRIA  

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR JUSTICE AND RIGHT IN THE GREAT WAR. THEIR FAME LIVETH FOR EVER

1914 -1918
William Challoner Sgt.
John B. Chatham Pte.
Edward Davies Pte.
Richard Edge Pte.
John Edwards Pte.
Thomas Edwards M.M.
James Green Pte.
William Holmes Pte.
William M. Hopley Pte.
Harry Hughes Pte.
Henry Huxley Cpl.
Joseph Huxley 2nd Lieut.
Ernest James Pte.
Ellis Jones Pte.

William Jones Sgt.
Edward Lee Pte.
Walter Lewis Pte.
Alec Paling Sgt.
Frederick Phillips Pte.
John Piggott Pte.
George P. Povey Pte.
John Pridding Pte.
Edward Roberts Dvr.
Thomas White Pte.
John Williams Pte.
William Williams Pte.
Mark Woodfine Pte.

 

1939 - 1945
IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

Charlie Bellis
George Challoner
William H. Chadwick
Reginald Holland

Leonard Lewis
Noah Mitchell
John Parry
J. Barrie Pridding
George A. Skillen

The Clwyd Family History Society has detailed information about the people recorded on the war memorial and includes;

Name, Rank and Service Number, The Service, Date of Death, Age, Family information and Cemetery or Memorial

For information about War Memorials visit the UK National Inventory of War Memorials.