Five London War Memorials Listed
Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, five war memorials in London have been listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.
War memorials have a special place in communities and remind us of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It is right that these monuments to the brave people who sadly never returned from the First World War will now be preserved and protected.
Built in the aftermath of the First World War (1914 to 1918), the newly listed memorials were among tens of thousands that were erected across England in memory of the many people who lost their lives in the conflict, never to return home.
In place of graves, these memorials became focal points for local communities to mourn and honour their dead.
In 2014, Historic England committed to listing 2,500 war memorials by the end of 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. It achieved this target, listing 2,645, but decided to continue the work as many more cherished memorials worthy of listing status were identified.
This Sunday (10 November) many of us will observe the two minutes’ silence, which shows how important we believe it is for us to commemorate those who have died in conflict. It is this same respect for the fallen that has inspired us to list these memorials in London and help protect them for years to come.
The Missing Pieces Project
Why not get involved by sharing your photos and insights of these newly listed memorials?
Every snapshot and story you can upload to the National Heritage List for England is an important piece of the picture. The more pieces of the picture we have, the better we can work together to protect what makes these places special.