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68 War Memorials Listed in the South East

68 war memorials across the South East have been listed since June as part of our pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018 to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The Robertson War Memorial Bequest

Eight war memorials listed this year in the South East can be found on National Trust land. Across the country around 50,000 hectares of National Trust land serve as war memorials in addition to 170 traditional monuments. In the South East this includes a series of monuments dedicated to two brothers, Norman and Laurence Robinson. Norman died in 1917 in Germany, while Laurence died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Their older brother William left a bequest to the National Trust for land to be bought “within reasonably easy distance from London” as a memorial to them. As a result there are nine different memorial sites, six of which have been listed in the South East. As per William’s request all but one incorporate high ground. You can search the National Trust online map for more information on all the different landscapes and memorials under their care.

Help look after a war memorial

We are asking the public to help look after your local war memorial. Many war memorials aren’t protected by listing and we need help to recognise these important monuments to make sure those they commemorate aren’t forgotten. Individuals, communities and even school children from across the South East have already got involved by getting their local war memorial listed. Find details on getting a war memorial listed or applying for grant money for conservation and repair works.

The Robertson War Memorial Obelisk, Frensham Common
The Robertson War Memorial Obelisk, Frensham Common © National Trust/Matt Cusack
The Robertson War Memorial Obelisk, Netley Park
The Robertson War Memorial Obelisk, Netley Park © National Trust / Rob Hewer
Cookham Dean War Memorial
Cookham Dean War Memorial, Berkshire © Historic England
Robertson War Memorial Bequest Obelisk at Michel Dene, Crowlink
Robertson War Memorial Bequest Obelisk at Michel Dene, Crowlink © National Trust Images / Leo Mason
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