Memorials pay testament to impact on our nation
The aftermath of the First World War bore witness to the biggest single wave of public commemoration that the nation had ever seen. As communities came together to make sense of the unprecedented loss of life, memorials were constructed across the land; from simple stone crosses in tiny villages to spectacular artistic and architectural compositions in our towns and cities.
Historically it has been the grand and monumental that have been added to the National Heritage List for England. But during the course of the centenary Historic England, in partnership with Civic Voice and War Memorials Trust, committed to list and upgrade 2500 First World War Memorials and enhance existing entries. For the first time on such a large-scale national project, volunteers were also invited to submit their local war memorials for inclusion on the list. This project has uncovered a wealth of interesting and poignant but often overlooked memorials that pay testament to the scope of the impact of the First World War.
Edith Cavell Memorial, Tombland, Norwich upgraded to II* in 2015