5 Memorials that Chart Life and Loss in the First World War

I had the privilege to visit a WWI cemetery in northern France a few years back. It was so well kept, a place where soldiers from both the UK and US were buried. It was quite moving to visit.

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There are few towns or villages in Britain that do not have a public memorial to commemorate those who died in the First World War; a sobering testament to the scale of the loss involved in the conflict. In Britain, around six million men were mobilised, and of those just over 700,000, or 11.5%, were killed. Over half a million men who served in the British army have no known graves.

There are more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. They take many forms, including cenotaphs, plaques and gardens. Each one represents the stories of a generation of British people at a time of horror, loss and grief.

Here are five memorials that tell a story of the people and their war.

pc39075.tif Memorial Garden’s Lewisham, 1920-1940. © Historic England Archive PC39075

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