Judith Collins in Eric Gill: the Sculpture (Herbert Press, 1998) devotes a whole section to the artist's War Memorials.
Collins records that after the First World War and the setting up of the Imperial War Graves Commission, Gill was asked to make several public war memorials.
War memorials by Gill as a focal point for villages across Britain include those at Trumpington near Cambridge, Bryantspuddle in Dorset, South Harting in Hampshire, Bisham in Berkshire and Chirk in North Wales.
Gill took these projects particularly seriously as is evident from a letter that he wrote to the Burlington Magazine , which was published in the April issue of 1919.
Gill objected to 'the strange contention that we are a Christian Empire' and the way that this led to the proposal 'not only to put up crossses at central monuments but even sham altars.'
He also reacted to plans to standardise the lettering on memorials and headstones.
The present drawing for a war memorial is notable for its large size and its degree of finish. Including not only an exploration of the way that the figures would read from different viewpoints, it also incorporates Gill's suggestions about where to place the names of the fallen, as well as proposed costings for the monument.