Photograph believed to have been taken
at the opening of the memorial,
22 November 1919

From his studio in Sidwell Street, Exeter, Herbert Read created pieces for some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Taj Mahal, the House of Lords and the National Cathedral in Washington DC. Lapford’s memorial cross was an altogether different commission. Mr Densham, chair of the war memorial committee, favoured a very simple work made from a single piece of Dartmoor granite.

The following poem was written to mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the memorial, reimagining a villager’s first encounter with the Herbert Read ‘s cross and the opening ceremony of 22 November 1919.

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