First World War Memorials
Veterans of the First World War continued to feel its impact. But those who fell also shaped the communities they left behind.
74,599 war memorials are registered in the UK, in town centres, schools, churches, parks and private residences. They feature in popular public places to remind people of the fallen.
Built largely between 1919 and 1930 First World War memorials were funded by families and communities who had lost loved ones. The memorials provide a point of remembrance and grief somewhere more personal and accessible to the fallen and their families than the Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries and memorials overseas.
Memorials often reflect the local community, displaying some image or icon which represents them. For example, the memorial to pupils from St Bede’s Grammar School, Bradford, has a carving of the Saint upon it.
Other memorials were made to benefit the living. Town halls, libraries and sports pitches were all set up in the name of the First World War fallen.
With generous funding from Heritage Lottery Fund we have worked with local groups to research and document their war memorials.