War Memorials and Remembrance
It is not known how many First World War memorials there are, so widespread was the nation's grief, but there are certainly tens of thousands in Britain. Only around 2,000 free-standing ones are currently listed. Historic England is committed to doubling this number over the centenary period 2014-2018.
No area of our heritage is more poignant than war memorials. They are found everywhere, and link the tragic impact of world wars with local communities across the land. Every community sent people off to fight and work; virtually all suffered losses, and the absence of the British Empire's 1.1 million dead created a powerful need for monuments. No greater wave of public remembrance has ever happened in history.
Memorials took many forms, and in some places the war was commemorated by dedicated parks and gardens, village halls, tree planting, church lychgates and playing fields.
Now that the last veterans of the 1914-1918 conflict have died, it is left to future generations to keep the memories fresh, with communities taking an ever-greater interest in their local memorials.
The following links tell the stories of memorials in England connected to notable First World War events or people:
- The Gallipoli Campaign (25 April 1915 - 9 January 1916)
- The execution of Edith Cavell (12 October 1915)
- Sir Edwin Lutyens' war memorials
- The Battle of Verdun (21 February - 19 December 1916)
- The Faversham explosion (2 April 1916)
- The Battle of Jutland (31 May - 1 June 1916)
- The Battle of the Somme (1 July - 18 Nov 1916)
- 7 Sites of Memory to Conscientious Objectors
- The Silvertown Tragedy: Explosion on the Home Front (19 January 1917)
- 8 Memorials to Animals in the First World War
- 9 Unusual War Memorials
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