The Stoke Climsland War Memorial is found in the centre of the village. It is build of local granite and is a fitting tribute to the men of the Parish who lost their lives in World War I and World War II. Another memorial is to be found in the adjacent Parish Church.
Two projects have researched the names on the memorial and the results can be viewed by following these links:
The War Memorial is first mentioned in the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting in 1919 when parishioners were considering what to do by way of commemorating those killed in World War I. The suggestions made were:
On 13th April 1920, it was decided to proceed with a stone War Memorial. To raise funds, an Auction Sale was held. On 18th October 1920, there was a shortfall of £79.13s.11d and a Jumble Sale was organised to help with the shortfall. At the time of writing this, there are no details of who sculpted the monument or when it was erected.
There had obviously been discussion of having a memorial of some kind in the local church as evidenced by an entry in the Minutes of the Parochial Council on November 10th 1923: "The conversion of the south-east corner into a memorial chapel was enthusiastically received; the hope being expressed that the chapel, being a memorial to those of the parish who had fallen, materials used in the work should be characteristic of the locality".
The next mention of the memorial chapel comes at the March 21st 1925 meeting of the Parochial Council: "Concerning the matter of the memorial chapel it was decided that, in view of the bishop's visit during the year, the furnishing of the chapel should be proceeded with; the secretary proposing and Miss Stumbles seconding a motion 'that in order to raise funds for the furnishing of the memorial chapel, a fete should be held on June 4th, details of organisation to be decided later.'"
Progress was made during the late Spring and early Summer of 1925 and at the Parochial Council meeting of July 25th "The scheme of design of the memorial was submitted to the meeting. Those present remarking on the appropriate nature of the work. The matter of arranging for the execution of the work by Mr ? (name not given in Minutes) being left to the rector. The question of the provision of drapery to be supplied by sisters of the church was also deferred to his judgement, it being suggested that perhaps the opinions of certain lady members of the council would be of assistance - the ladies present forming a consultant committee on the colour scheme."
At some later date the memorial chapel was commissioned and the wooden name plaques installed. Ever since, this, together with the original stone memorial, has provided a focal point for the annual act of remembrance of those whose names are listed.