There are many misconceptions about war memorials. How much do you know? Challenge your knowledge with these True or False statements. Click ‘continue reading‘ to find out the answers.
1) Someone can only be named on a memorial if they’re not buried in the UK
2) War memorials can also commemorate those who didn’t die in wars
3) All war memorials are legally protected
4) Anyone can erect a war memorial
5) You don’t find women named on First World War memorials
Click ‘continue reading‘ to find out the answers…..
1) Someone can only be named on a memorial if they’re not buried in the UK. FALSE. Although a very important role of memorials is to provide a place of remembrance for those unable to visit a grave site, anyone can be named on a memorial regardless of where they are buried.
2) War memorials can also commemorate those who didn’t die in wars. TRUE. Memorials sometimes record those who ‘served and returned’ as well as those who were killed in action. They can also record those who died whilst serving in the armed forces, although not actually in war time.
3) All war memorials are legally protected. FALSE. There is no automatic legal protection for war memorials, although it is possible for freestanding memorials to become Listed monuments. The free booklet ‘Guidance for Custodians’, includes more information about protection for memorials.
4) Anyone can erect a war memorial. TRUE. Anyone can erect a memorial, providing they own the building or land, or have permission from the person who does.
5) You don’t find women named on First World War memorials. FALSE. Although less common than men, women are found on First World War memorials. For example, they may have been in the forces, nurses, factory workers or civilians killed in air raids.