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War Memorials

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War Memorials

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War Memorials

The war memorials that pepper England’s villages and towns are a moving testament to those who fell fighting for their country, and to the local people who knew them and wished to pay them tribute. Many English war memorials were built after the first world war when official policy turned to not repatriating the dead, as traditionally happened. The names of casualties from the second world war were added later.

People wanted a way to remember the civilians who bravely became soldiers in their home towns, so thousands of collections were set up all over the country and individual memorials were commissioned by the local communities. These take many shapes and forms, from public sculptures to village halls and cottage hospitals, from a small island in Barrow-in-Furness to bus shelters and playing fields. It is believed that there are more than 60,000 war memorials across the country, dating from as far back as the Civil War and from as recently as the Falklands War.

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every village,town and city in england has one in one form or another as a constant reminder of the cost of the two world wars .


Very moving memorials but definitely not an English icon. memorials in France, Belgium, etc. are equally moving tributes from local communities.
Alex Smith

There are lots of war memorials in the UK, but just as many in France and other places. I don't see anything particularly British about them at all.
Adam Trickett

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