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Monument to Colonel John Body

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Location

Street:Pett Level Road
Town:Pett Level
Parish:Icklesham
Council:Rother District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:TN36
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:On the sea wall overlooking the road, opposite the Memorial Ponds.
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:108
Grid reference:C5
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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General Information

Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Rother District Council
Description:A circular, low, concrete direction marker atop a four stepped concrete base that extends outwards along the sea wall on both sides. The stages of the base are inset with concrete slabs. The circular concrete direction marker is inset with small ceramic tiles each holding a separate letter of the inscription.
Inscription:Starting from the north point of the compass, small ceramic tiles with impressed letters encircling the rim of the concrete:

IN MEMORY OF COL JOHN BODY D.S.O. O.B.E. D.L. J.P. CHAIRMAN OF THE ROTHER AND JURY’S GUT CATCHMENT BOARD 1931-1945

Direction markers cut into small ceramic tiles on upper surface of concrete to:

RYE
WINCHESLEA
BATTLE
FAIRLIGHT
DIEPPE
BOULOGNE
DUNGENESS
DOVER

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Classification

Categories:Roadside / Wayside, Functional, Free Standing, Composite, Commemorative
Object type1:Marker
     Object subtype1:Indicator
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Marker
     Material:Concrete set with rough aggregate
     Height (cm):25
     Width (cm):115
     Depth (cm):115
Part 2:Stepped (4) base
     Material:Concrete set with rough aggregate
     Height (cm):40
     Width (cm):1300
     Depth (cm):185

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Corrosion, deterioration
     More details:The ceramic tiles with impressed letters are slightly worn, particularly those on the upper part of the direction marker.
Condition 2 of type:Structural
     More details:A galvanised steel pole in front of the monument suggests there may at one time have been an information board.
Date of on-site inspection:09/05/2008

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History

History:Colonel John Body DSO OBE DL JP. unveiled the Tenterden War Memorial.

There is a stained glass window in the Church of St. John the Baptist, Wittersham, Kent dedicated to Body. The dedication set into the window reads:

In loving remembrance of JOHN BODY of
Wittersham Court who died 5th. December 1945
A man of Kent

A planter in the windowsill has a plaque inscribed:

A TRIBUTE OF LOYALTY AND AFFECTION
FROM HIS OLD COMRADES OF THE 1/5TH
BATTALION OF THE BUFFS FOR
COLONEL JOHN BODY, D.S.O., O.B.E., T.D:D.L.
WHO COMMANDED THE BATTALION WITH
GREAT DISTINCTION IN MESOPOTAMIA 1916-1919

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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