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Vange War Memorial


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War Memorial, Vange Vange War Memorial War Memorial as seen in front of St. Chad's church.
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Location: Paynters Hill
Year of photo: circa 1925
Copyright: N/A
Source: Commercial Postcard
Comments: Vange war memorial in its original location at Paynters Hill.
Location: Clay Hill Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/12/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: Vange War Memorial seen in front of St. Chad's Church.
Location: Clay Hill Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/12/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: The 21 names on Vange War Memorial.
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St. Chad's Church, Vange   
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Location: Clay Hill Road
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 01/12/2002
Copyright: Basildon History Online
Comments: St. Chad's Church.
  
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Vange War Memorial was first unveiled on 26th November, 1922. It commemorates the 21 men from the district who fell in the Great War (1914 - 1918).

Its original location was at the top of Paynters Hill, which at that time was still the main A13 London to Southend road.

The unveiling ceremony was held on a Sunday and undertaken by the High Sheriff of Essex, Col. Francis Whitmore, C.M.G., D.S.0., J.P., of Orsett Hall, who served in the First World War. The 1st Bishop of Chelmsford, The Rt. Rev. John Edwin Watts-Ditchfield performed the dedication service. The service was attended by relatives and friends of the fallen.

The memorial was made from Cornish granite and took the form of a wayside cross. The names of the 21 men are inscribed on its leading face.

In the 1950s a new church, St. Chad's, was built in Timberlog Lane (now Clay Hill Road) and it was to the grounds in front of the church that the memorial was later removed to. It remains there to this day.

Page added: 2013
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Other points of interest:
(1) Col. Francis Henry Douglas Charlton Whitmore, C.M.G., D.S.0., J.P., (20/04/1872–12/06/1962).
Colonel Whitmore was a British military officer who served in the second Boer War (1899–1902) and the First World War where he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1915, and later commanding the 10th Royal Hussars. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) in 1917.

(2) The Rt. Rev. John Edwin Watts-Ditchfield, (17/09/1861-14/07/1923), 1st Bishop of Chelmsford (24/02/1914-14/07/1923).

(3) Due to the steepness of Paynters Hill a bypass road was constructed around the mid 1920s.

Text researched and written 2013.
Copyright © 2013, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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