British Thomson Houston War Memorial, Rugby. Upgraded to Grade II*

The British Thomson Houston Company commissioned a War Cross - one of 15 broadly similar Lutyens’ designs characterised by a tall minimalist shaft and a very short cross arm - standing on a circular plinth carved with the 243 names of employees who died in the war. It was positioned immediately outside their factory in Mill Road, Rugby. (The location where Frank Whittle’s ground-breaking prototype jet engine was manufactured in the 1930s). During construction, a time-capsule box containing company artefacts and war records was buried underneath the memorial. It was unveiled on 28 October 1928. The British engineering firm made electric motors, generators, steam turbines and light bulbs. It expanded production during the First World War to provide the Royal Navy with lighting, signalling and radio gear. In 2010, the memorial, plus time-capsule, was relocated 400 metres away due to impending redevelopment, but it is still within the engineering works site. It was re-dedicated 22 July 2010. Photo courtesy of Tim Skelton

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