The War Memorial in the Carfax, Horsham, has been listed at Grade II as part of an English Heritage scheme to list up to 500 war memorials a year over the next five years to mark the centenary of the First World War. The English Heritage scheme has the backing of Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, who leads for the Government on First World War commemorations.
The memorial was designed by local architect Claude Kay and unveiled by Major General Young, Colonel of the Royal Sussex regiment, in 1921. The memorial originally listed the names of 359 local men and boys who lost their lives during the first world war and a further 60 names were added in 2010, whilst those who fell in the Second World War were added in the early 1990’s.
Sajid Javid said: “Over a million Britons lost their lives in the First World War. It’s important that their sacrifice is not forgotten – and that the lessons learnt during that time are as resonant now as they were then. The centenary programme aims to bring us together more closely as a nation to honour the lives and bravery of all those who served. War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is absolutely fitting that we cherish and preserve them for future generations.”
Roger Bowdler, designation director at English Heritage, said: “Researching, recording and recommending up to 2,500 more war memorials for listing over the next five years is a major task but one that English Heritage is proud to undertake. These memorials will gain a place on the National Heritage List for England to tell the story of this country’s sacrifice and struggle.”