More About the War Memorials at All Saints With Holy Trinity

In 2014, as the centenary of World War One approached, it was recognised that the war memorials of All Saints Church and the decommissioned Holy Trinity Church should be more appropriately positioned. The All Saints memorial was hard to see in the North Transept and its name plaques lay loose under the altar. The old Holy Trinity Church memorial had lain on the floor since it was rescued from a council garage by the Loughborough Branch of the Royal British Legion.

The Charnwood Great War Centenary Project re-positioned the memorials onto the North Aisle wall of the church in 2015. Volunteers then researched the names of the Fallen, which resulted in the creation of a Book of Remembrance which now accompanies the memorials in situ.  With a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and further funds from the At Risk War Memorials Project for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland this work was completed to stunning effect also creating a space for reflection and remembrance.

The men, now commemorated at All Saints with Holy Trinity Church, were lost in all of Britain’s great theatres of the First World War, except East and South-West Africa, and also during the subsequent flu pandemic.

The congregation of the then Loughborough Parish Church had taken three years, until 1923, to provide its war memorial to the more than one hundred men from the parish who had fallen for a cost of about £450.  It was made by Joseph Morcom, ARCA, who taught at Leicester School of Art.  Morcom’s memorial is remarkable for its complexity:  a top tier of Derbyshire alabaster comprises ‘Motherhood’ with child, ‘Peace’ with wreath and palm representing victory and ‘Industry’ with hammer and cogwheel. Wreaths, in green marble, flank a centrepiece cross and crown in glory. A sailor with a rope, the symbol for eternity, and a soldier flank the local Swithland slate dedication. Three friezes represent civil and military wartime services: airman, priest, a doctor with single ear-piece stethoscope, farm-girl with hoe, nurse, industrial girl worker, miner with lamp, farmer with shovel and an industrial worker in a boiler-suit holding a measuring calliper.

Low reliefs along the elaborate pedestal show a gun, a biplane and a battleship.  Just visible to its right is an airship and finally a tank firing its 6lb gun and machine gun. The exhortation ‘Remember’ surmounts two marble corbels which support the entire weight.

A lower memorial made of wood and bronze containing twenty eight WW1 and eight WW2 names was rescued from the decommissioned Holy Trinity Church.  The name ‘Dewar’ appears twice. ‘Sonnie’ and ‘Jack’ were the sons of the then vicar, Revd. Dewar.

A painting of the main memorial commissioned by the project from former Ladybird illustrator Peter Massey. Ladyird’s first children’s book was actually produced in Loughborough during World War One and the company was based there for the best part of a century.

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