West Row War Memorial stands in a prominent position on the Church Green, a triangular-shaped area of grassland to the front of the church of St Peter at the junction of Church Road and Church Lane. The memorial which stands some 3.2 metres high, takes the form of an obelisk with a three-stepped plinth set upon a broad square base. First World War memorial 1919, with Second World War additions. It was designed and manufactured by Messrs HG Neville and sons of Mildenhall. Materials : Portland Stone
HISTORY The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of war memorials being errected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead, therefore the memorials provided the main focus of thr grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at West Row as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 35 men of the parish who lost their lives during the conflict. It was unveiled on the 8th of May 1919 by Lieutenant Francis Jaggard MC a local officer who served through the war.
The memorial was originally enclosed by ornamental iron railings manufactured by Messrs WJ Ford and Sons of West Row, however these were removed during the Second World War as part of the war effort and subsequently replaced by a chain link in the late 20th century. The total cost of the memorial was £90 , which was paid for by public subscription.
Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the nine parishioners who fell in that conflict.
In 2018 the memorial was cleaned and the names and dedications repainted.
On the 11th November 2019 the parish council obtained Grade II listing status for our memorial.