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|ArtistMaker:||BOTTOMLEY; J Mitchell of Harrogate (Architect) J.T.WRIGHT of Leeds (Builder)|
|TitleOfWork:||Royston War Memorial|
|DescriptionOfPhoto:||view of memorial|
|Dimensions:||493cm high x 70cm diameter (plinth) or 23cm diameter (shaft). The plaques are 30cm high x 23cm wide|
|Medium:||Bolton Wood stone (the figure of Christ is part painted in gold)|
|Location:||Royston Church. (SE436411)|
|ImageCopyright:||Sheffield Hallam University|
|Location: In the churchyard of Royston Church overlooking Church Street. (Grid Ref: SE 364113)
Description: An octagonal plinth, on three steps, from which rises a tall octagonal shaft with a castellated capital; the whole surmounted by a crucifix under an arched roof. The plinth is a complex construction with roofed gables, carved floral scrolls, and faces on which the bronze plaques, listing the names of the dead (WW1: 96; WW2: 25), are located.
Inscription: On a plaque facing the church: IN LOVING / AND / GRATEFUL MEMPRY OF THE MEN FROM THE / VILLAGE OF ROYSTON WHO / LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918
Commission: Monies were raised by public subscription, the architect donating his services. It was unveiled by Right Hon. Viscount Galway in early August 1918. Dedicated by Rev H.R.N. Ellison, Rector of Aston-on-Trent (who had served in Egypt, Gallipoli, and France as a Chaplain to the Forces). 
Comment: This was one of the first war memorials erected in the UK being unveiled before the Armistice was signed in November of 1918.
Behind the monument is a wooden archway with a low gate in it. This gate is dedicated to Albert Shepherd, V.C., who died in 1966. The money for it was raised by public subscription.
References:  Barnsley Chronicle, Aug 10th 1918: "The Royston War memorial - Interesting Unveiling Ceremony"
Sources: Imperial War Museum: National Inventory of War Memorials # 28112
Questions: Who commissioned this piece and why was this done so early?
We are looking for further information on the architect and builder.