Abinger and its War Memorial

The war memorial in the churchyard [Wikipedia] , designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens RA, was erected in 1920 in memory of the men of the ecclesiastical parish of Abinger who fell in the 1914-1918 World War.

It was a gift of Mrs Margaret Lewin, widow of Col. Lewin of Parkhurst. It is inscribed as follows:

West Panel

The World War MCM XIV - MCM XIX (1914-1919) (sic)

South Panel

In memory of those who fell 1914-1918.
Pte Ernest Andrew Bone3rd Surrey Rifles
Cpl Herbert William Hunt4th Yorkshire Regt.
Lt Cpl Herbert W Carpenter7th The Queen's (RW Surrey Regt.)
Grace KingDames des Cantines Anglaise
2nd a/m Russell C ForeheadRAF
Lt William A MitchisonRoyal Engineers
Pte George Gadd1st The Sherwood Foresters
Lt Walter Selwyn Orpen10th Lancashire Fusiliers
Pte Ernest A E Smith4th Royal Fusiliers
Pte Thomas Holloway1st Hampshire Regt.

North Panel:

In Honour of those who fought and conquered 1939-1945.
Percy Baverstock RN
Geoffrey BouldingRA
Sidney W BurtonRAF
Harry BuckmanRAF
H Colin CarpenterLt. Queens & FO RAF
Ronald Francis DrakeRN
H Colin CarpenterLt. Queens & FO RAF
Raymond C ForeheadRASC
George T GardinerFO RAF VR
Roy Douglas HarrissR West Kent
Arthur KentRN
Albert Arthur Millo RAF VR
Alfred TicknerRN

East Panel:

This cross destroyed by enemy action in 1944 was re-erected in 1949 in proud memory of Margaret Lewin of Parkhurst, Abinger Common. And her dear rage and forgetfulness of self under all conditions. "I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers" Ephesians 1:16 Presented by Margaret Lewin of Parkhurst, Abinger Common, in memory of her son Charles Mclean Lewin 4th Hussars (CML b.1880 d.1919). "They also serve who only stand and wait". (Milton) Also T.H.W.L. eldest son of above b. 1912 d. 1947.

In the outside wall of the cemetery, an inscription commemorates the donation of land as a further war memorial.

See Abinger Churchyard and its history (p7) by JC Gibbs (1938) for more.