The Lewes war memorial was unveiled in 1922 by General Sir Henry Crichton Sclater, a local landowner who had been the General Commander-in-Chief Southern Command in 1916-19, and it was dedicated by the Bishop of Lewes. The Memorial commemorates 250 men and one woman from Lewes who died in WWI.
Its architect Vernon March was an extraordinary artist. He was untutored, but became the youngest exhibitor at the Royal Academy in 1907 at the age of 16. His greatest achievement is the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa, and the memorial in Lewes is considered to be on a par with that. A bronze statue of Victory, facing east towards Flanders, stands on top of the memorial.
The Lewes War Memorial has recently been upgraded to a Grade II* listed monument by English Heritage. Their senior designation adviser Paul Stamper says: ‘Upgrading Lewes War Memorial to Grade II* places it among the uppermost 5.5 per cent of listed buildings. As we commemorate the centenary of that conflict it fully merits this listing.’