Our war memorials

An old photograph of the Convalescents and Medical Staff taken during the First World War at Basildon

The memorials to the men and women who lost their lives in wartime are poignant reminders that they were once members of their local communities and had a peacetime role in shaping the places we love today.

Many hundreds, possibly thousands, of workers, tenants and owners from the places we now care for died in the First World War and other conflicts. We don’t know how many or even who some of them were. The stories we do know are touching, often heroic and always too brief. For all of them, we care for their memorials as we would for the most precious items in our collections.

Discover our many varied memorials

We care for around 170 war memorials (about 70 from the First World War) and our places have connections to another 130 through family members, staff or other historical connections.

Each memorial marks a singular time and momentous sacrifice. They are places where one can pause awhile. They and the people they recall continue to be an important part of our story.

You can search for these memorials, and discover the stories behind them, on our online map. Find out which you can see nearby and at the places you love to visit.

National Trust to revive the “world’s greatest war memorial” 

After the Great War came the greatest of gifts. Scafell Pike and 12 other Lakeland summits were given to the National Trust in the years after peace was declared, becoming Britain’s most spectacular and unique memorial to those lost in World War One.