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War Memorials

At the end of World War I - the Great War - virtually every town and village erected a war memorial in recognition of the supreme effort and loss that the Country had endured during the previous 4 years. These memorials were erected to honour those who had given their lives to secure peace and also to act as a reminder to subsequent generations that we should never forget their ultimate sacrifice. At the end of the Second World War, additional names were added to the existing memorials and additional memorials were erected to honour those that had given their lives in that War.

Across the country, services are held and wreaths are laid each year on Armistace day in memory of those who gave their lives in the two World Wars and the many other conflicts in which our Nation has been involved.

There are many memorials situated around the Royal Borough, ranging from memorial crosses, buildings or other structures to plaques in churches or Maidenhead Memorial (at original location on the site of the current library)on other buildings. They have been erected to commemorate either:

  • inhabitants of parishes, villages or towns and raised by their communities; or
  • individuals (raised by family, friends or comrades); or
  • members of church congregations, schools, colleges, clubs, businesses and associations; or
    regiments and military units.

There are also other memorials that have been erected without names. Location of War Memorials within the Borough.

For further information contact:-

Andrew Scott
Democratic and Civic Services Manager
Democratic Services
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall
St Ives Road

Tel: 01628 796028
email: democratic.services@rbwm.gov.uk

Other Useful Websites

War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust provide advice and guidance on a range of War Memorial issues. They are the only national charity working for the preservation, restoration and conservation of War Memorials of all types and dates.

Contact Details:
42a Buckingham Palace Road

Tel: 020 7834 0200 / 0300 123 0764
Fax: 020 7834 0202 / 0300 123 0765
Email: info@warmemorials.org
Web: http://www.warmemorials.org/

The Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum are currently undertaking an inventory of all War Memorials in the country and aims to create a database of information of all known war memorials, estimated at between 50,000 to 60,000.

The UK National Inventory of War Memorials database is available for viewing by appointment in the Department of Printed Books Reading Room, Main Building, Lambeth Road. The Reading Room is open by appointment Monday-Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm. Telephone +44 (0)20 7416 5344 to make an appointment.

Limitations imposed by the design of the 19th Century building mean that access to the Reading Room is difficult for many disabled visitors. However, alternative facilities are available. Please contact the UKNIWM office for more information.

+44 (0)20 7207 9851
Fax: +44 (0)20 7207 9859
E-mail: memorials@iwm.org.uk
Web: http://www.iwm.org.uk/

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Published: Wed, 05 Aug 2015 16:19:15
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