The Harborne War Memorial in St Peter’s Churchyard was erected by the whole community and dedicated on 20th September 1921. Ever since it has been the focus of the annual Remembrance Sunday observance in Harborne.
In autumn 2013 the Parochial Church Council of St Peter’s Church undertook the restoration of the memorial with generous financial support from the Harborne Ward Committee of the City Council, the War Memorials Trust, the Lillie Johnson Trust and several local benefactors. Many of the names had become, either partially or completely, eroded over the years. The skilful work of re-cutting the lettering was undertaken by the local stonemasons, William Parratt Masonry Ltd, who have long been associated with work on the church and in the churchyard.
Surprisingly little is known of the designer of the memorial, or of the dedication service and research is ongoing to discover more. Strangely the names of those killed in the Second World War, which are known, have never been added to the memorial and that omission is worthy of rectifying.
In his sermon of 18th September 1921 the Vicar spoke of the memorial as a silent remembrance before God and Man. “As we and generations to come pass by it with some reverence we may well pray for the fallen, ‘Grant them thy peace’ and for ourselves ‘Make us worthy of the sacrifice they made.”
The Memorial was made a Grade II listed building in February 2016.