Rogate war memorial

Rogate war memorial

Rogate war memorial is mounted on St Bartholomew’s churchyard wall, facing the main road through the village. Designed by Sir John Ninian Comper with William Drinkwater Gough as sculptor, it was unveiled on 28 August 1920. The memorial was paid for by subscription with £403 17s 3d raised by the local community.

It comprises a tall tapering stone octagonal shaft with base spurs supporting an elaborate crucifixion scene with Christ and two mourning figures, the Virgin Mary and the beloved disciple, John. Beneath the cross is a shield carved with the Greek letters alpha and omega, along with a cross pattée. To the reverse of the cross is another shield bearing the monogram IHS. On the face of the shaft is a figure of St George and the dragon under a Gothic canopy. The shaft is supported by four classical scrolls and the base is bonded into the churchyard wall to leave two sides of a square exposed.

Comper’s original design for the Rogate memorial included a figure of the Virgin and Child on the reverse of the cross-head, but for reasons unknown this was not included when the memorial was sculpted. He described this war memorial as “the best of many I have designed”.

It commemorates 28 members of the village community who fell in the First World War. It has 28 names inscribed on it. One World War 1 burial in the churchyard was not recorded on the Memorial.

An inscription and names of the seven fallen have been added for the Second World War.

Rogate’s World War 1 casualties

Midhurst U3A WW1 War Memorial Project