Object of the Month - September 2014
The First World War memorial in Amersham stands within the War Memorial Gardens off the Broadway, Old Amersham. Dedicated in 1921, but sited in St Mary’s churchyard until after World War II, this memorial is a Portland stone cross, with fleur-de-lys style crockets around the arms of the cross. The cross stands on a pillar with a moulded top and decorative carving running vertically down the shaft. The pillar is supported by a plinth and a two-stepped base, the lower of which has blind tracery around the riser
The service of dedication for the memorial, which commemorates the 80 local men killed during the conflict, took place on 10th July 1921. The names of the dead are listed and honoured in the order of service. The congregation sang ‘For all the saints who from their labours rest’ (Hymn 437) and ‘Oh God, our help in ages past’ Hymn 165) during a poignant service to remember the war dead.
In 2006/7 English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation gave £1,875 towards work to conserve both the World War I memorial and the World War II plaque. The World War I memorial was cleaned, the joints raked out and re-pointed and dark lime was applied in the damaged lettering.