DescriptionAbinger Common war memorial stands on the axis of the south porch of the church and forms part of a group of listed buildings around the church green. Of Portland stone, it is a standard Lutyens War Cross (small size) mounted on a plinth of three stepped rectangular blocks which in turn stand on a small, shallow, circular base. It has a stone sword on the western face, which is the only one of his War Crosses to have such a feature. It is not known whether this is original or was added when the memorial was rebuilt.
The three-stage plinth is inscribed: West face: IN MEMORY/ OF THOSE/ WHO FELL/ 1914 – 1918 (NAMES)
South face: THE WORLD WAR/ MCMXIV/ MCMXIX
East face: 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 DAUGHTER/ MABEL ELIZABETH FARRER/ BY THEIR DESCENDANTS/ AND OF ALL WHO LIKE THE ABOVE/ BROUGHT PEACE & JOY THROUGH/ THEIR OWN RADIANT FAITH COURAGE/ AND FORGETFULNESS OF SELF/ UNDER ALL CONDITIONS/ I CEASE NOT TO GIVE THANKS FOR/ YOU MAKING MENTION OF YOU/ IN MY PRAYERS. EPH 1:16/ PRESENTED BY MARGARET LEWIN OF/ PARKHURST, ABINGER IN MEMORY OF HER/ SON CHARLES MCCLEAN LEWIN 4th HUSSARS/ CML/ B 1880 D 1919/ THEY ALSO SERVE/ WHO ONLY/ STAND AND WAIT ALSO/ THE ELDEST SON OF ABOVE/ B1912 D1947. (Historic England, list entry 1028839)
BibliographyHistoric England. Abinger Common War Memorial. [Online] Available at: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1028839
Also Cited InNairn, I., Pevsner, N. (1971) Surrey (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England). 2nd edn. Yale University Press.