St Thomas the Apostle Church, Blaby Road - South Wigston

World War I, World War II

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  • Listing Status: Grade II
  • District: Oadby & Wigston
  • Parish: Oadby and Wigston

Portland stone cenotaph on large pedestal flanked by walls in two height stages bearing Swithland slate tablets with names inscribed in gold. Pedestal has relief carving of cricket cap, ball, bat and stumps on one side of front face and of service dress cap, rifle and sabre on other. Relief carvings of reversed swords on sides of cenotaph. Most of lowest stage (barring edge sections) was added in when WW2 names were added. Unveiled by Major General Sir EM Woodward KCMG CB Sunday 11th November 1923; dedicated by Venerable Archdeacon FB Macnutt MA, Archdeacon of Leicester.

View Further Details Memorial Type:Cenotaph Ref: WMP1079 Other Designation: Conservation Area Notes: Grade II listed in July 2019, List Entry Number 1464815 UKNIWM Ref: 37743 Verification Required: No Information Sources: JS, AF, Pmsa

Location

St Thomas the Apostle Church, Blaby Road - South Wigston
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Inscription Reads

THEY WERE A WALL UNTO US
BY NIGHT AND BY DAY
IN SACRED SLEEP THEY REST
SAY NOT THAT THE BRAVE DIE
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE
MEN OF SOUTH WIGSTON
AND GLEN PARVA, WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
WARS OF 1914 - 1918
AND 1939 - 1945
1939 - 45
[NAMES]
1914 - 18
[NAMES]

Casualties Listing

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Name Rank Unit Batt Died Ainsworth - Joseph William Corporal Royal Corps Of Signals 10/12/1946 Baker - Thomas Gillam Lance Corporal Leicestershire Regiment Baker - James Ival Private Northumberland Fusiliers Bale - Thomas William 2nd Lieutenant Tank Corps Barnett - Arnett Job Private Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)