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St Martin's Church
St Martin’s Church Centre
Church Street
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3AQ
Tel: 01579 347411 (Church Office)
Email: St Martin's Church 
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The war memorial

The war memorial is situated at the east end of the south aisle, between the main alter on the north and the clergy vestry on the south.

The window depicts the disciples Peter (in the left pane) and John (in the right pane). The middle panes show the women at Jesus’ tomb with the angel saying “He is not here for He is risen as He said”

The war memorial frieze

The war memorial includes a highly decorated freeze depicting Christ in the centre. The left-hand panel shows six individuals (three men; three women) in differing military uniforms, representing the army, navy and air force. The panel to the right depicts the different roles that civilians played, including a nurse, and a fireman. More unusually, on the far right of the panel, a land-girl is depicted, recognising the contribution they made to the war effort. With so many men away in the armed forces, the civilian pane shows five women and just the one man. In total then the two panes show eight women and four men – again, very unusual for war memorials which often focus on the sacrifices made by the men.

The words underneath read “To the fallen   1939 – 1945   Lest we forget”

In front of the freeze a case houses a book of remembrance, which lists the names of all those who died in the Second World War, and some details about each one. A list of the names is framed on the south wall in the war memorial.

The war memorial window: The prophets

The window on the south wall of war memorial contains pictures of key individuals from the Old Testament.

The left most individual is Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a reluctant prophet who was compelled by God to tell the people of Judah about the coming invasion and their exile, and that they should not resist since this was God’s punishment for their unfaithfulness. Despite his reluctance he faithfully followed God’s leading, even though he suffered greatly at the hands of the people as a result.

The next panel depicts the Patriarch Moses who led the Israelites out of Egypt. The Israelites were slaves of the Egyptians, and Pharaoh did not want to lose this source of cheap labour. However, after God inflicted the ten plagues on the Egyptians, Pharaoh gave in and let the Israelites go.

The third pane shows the prophet Daniel. Daniel refused to obey an order that for 30 days no-one could worship any god but King Darius. As a consequence he was thrown into a den of lions. However, God sent an angel who shut the mouths of the lions. As a result Darius freed Daniel and wrote to all the people telling them to fear and revere Daniel’s God.

The right-most pane shows the prophet Samuel. Samuel oversaw the transition from a theocracy to a kingdom run by a king, albeit a king who was subject to the will of God.

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