23rd Nov, 2017

First World War city memorials listed by Historic England

Rob George 12th Nov, 2017

WAR MEMORIALS in Worcester which were built to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice are among 12 across the county to have been listed by Historic England.

All of the monuments were created to mark the end of First World War with many reaching their centenary this year.

Memorials at the Church of St George on Sansome Street, at St Stephen’s Church and the St Clement’s War Memorial on Henwick Road have all been listed

Although the majority of First World War memorials were not constructed until after the end of the war, memorials began to be erected 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.

Lord Ashton of Hyde, First World War Minister said: “As we enter the final year of our First World War centenary commemorations, we want to ensure the bravery and sacrifice of those who served are never forgotten.

“Local war memorials are a poignant reminder of how the war affected our communities and of those who never came home.

“I encourage everyone to visit their local memorial and to learn more about their connection to this pivotal point in our history.”

Contemporary newspaper reports indicate a strong desire to erect war shrines from 1916 onwards; however they were controversial as some saw them as anti-patriotic and disrespectful to those fighting.

Ultimately these war memorials and shrines became a precursor what was to come – the national movement to memorialise that took place following the war.

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “These memorials were an important indicator of how society was feeling and reacting as the war progressed and as the loss of life increased to unprecedented levels. 

“They were not just a focal point for people’s grief but also seen as a symbol to those still fighting.”

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