The memorial stands outside All Saints Catholic Church overlooking Kitswell Road.
It is a tall hooded Calvary in oak, circa 5m high, with a metal figure of the crucifed Christ.
The timber cross rises from a stony cairn. A polished stone plaque let into the front of the
cairn carries the principal inscription CRU IFED JESUS HAVE MERCY ON THE SOULS OF
( 12 names ) WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 18 R.I.P.
The cairn is raised on a concrete block: let into this a further polished stone plaque records the
Second World War dedication, CRUCIFED JESUS HAVE MERCY ON THE SOULS OF (5 names )
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 - 45.
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever
with tens of thousands of memorials erected arcoss England. This was the result of both the huge
impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million Bristish lives, and also the offical
policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the
grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised outside All Saints Catholic Church, Lanchester, as a permanent
testament to the sacifice made made by members of the local community who lost their lives in
the First World War. The memorial commemorates 12 men who died in the First World War.
Following the Second World War a futher five names of the men who died in that conflict were added.