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« on: April 02, 2017, 08:40:51 AM »

Etchingham is a village in East Sussex.  The village sits astride the A265 and is about three miles from Burwash and a mile from Hurst Green.  

Etchingham War Memorial stands on the footpath between the gate and door of the Church of The Assumption of Blessed Mary and St. Nicholas, the Parish Church of Etchingham.  

The memorial takes the form of a three stepped base mounted upon an octagonal plinth with a shaft and cross.  The names of 15 men from the village who fell in WWI are inscribed on five faces around the lower base.  The additional names of the 5 men from the village who fell in WWII are inscribed on an additional tablet to the front of the memorial.  

The inscription at the base of the shaft and around the plinth reads :
                                                    UNTIL THE DAY DAWN

The inscription on the front three panels reads :

                                                  MCMXIV - TO THE  - MCMXIX
                                                  GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY
                                               OF MEN OF ETCHINGHAM WHO GAVE
                                               UP THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR

The WWI inscriptions and men''s names are still very legible, however, the additional WWII panel inscription and the names of the 5 WWII fallen is, at this moment, practically illegible - but references on the internet show that it should read :

                                                              IN MEMORY
                                                               OF THOSE WHO
                                                             GAVE THEIR LIVES

                                                          (then the five names)

The memorial was unveiled by Rudyard Kipling on the 28th April 1920.  His son, John (Jack) Kipling , is commemorated on the Burwash War Memorial which is in the next village where he lived at Batemans , Burwash.

Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 07 May 1920

Mr. Rudyard Kipling Unveils EtchIngham War Memorial.

As briefly reported in our last issue, the War Memorial Cross at Etchingham was unveiled by Mr. Rudyard Kipling, who has just returned to Burwash from a tour of the ruined villages of France.  The experience of the tour enabled Mr. Kipling to draw an effective contrast between the Crosses which he saw in France, which is all that is left of once flourishing villages, and the Cross at Etchingham, in a village happily spared the horrors of war thanks to the bravery of the men whose memory it perpetuates.

A full list of the names of the fallen from both conflicts and some details about them ca be found on the "Roll of Honour-Sussex-Etchingham" website.

Attached are four photographs.   First - The memorial as it is today and , second, a close up of how the weather has eroded the additional WWII inscription.  The third photograph is from the newspaper article, above, -- the last photograph appears to have been taken a few moments later and is widely used on the internet  --  but I cannot find any proper reference to ownership or copyright - but if someone does own the copyright and wants this picture removed from the post then I will happily do so.

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