War Memorials Built 100 Years Ago Listed to Commemorate the First World War on Armistice Day

As the commemorations of the sacrifices made in the First World War continue, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has listed at Grade II eight war memorials which are reaching their centenary this year, and another has had its listing updated to fully reflect its historical importance.

Although the majority of First World War memorials were not constructed until after the end of the war, memorials began to be built prior to this as a way to provide the community with focus for their grief. Some of these were by individuals to commemorate family members, others by local communities to honour the sacrifices being made or to specific events and places related to the war effort.

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: "Our local war memorials act as a permanent reminder of the lasting effects the First World War had on communities across the UK and the bravery of those who served. As we enter the final year of our centenary commemorations, it is important that we continue to remember the sacrifice made by those who never came home. I hope people will visit their local memorial to learn more about the role their community played in this pivotal point in our history."

You can read about the listed war memorials here.