WAR Memorials in South Warwickshire have been given historic protected status.
There are among hundreds to be listed following Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018 – the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Local memorials listed are:
* Kenilworth War Memorial, Abbey Fields – dedicated in 1922 and financed by public subscription with the design the result of a competition. Contains 139 names from WW1, 68 from WW2 and one from the Korean War.
* Harbury War Memorial, Crown Street – unveiled in 1920 and also paid for by public subscription, has 33 names from WW1 and ten from WW2.
* Cubbington War Memorial, Churchyard of the Church of St Mary – unveiled in 1921, the design and location were decided by public ballot. Contains 31 names from WW1 and ten from WW2.
* Bascote Heath and Stoneythorpe War Memorial, Bascote Heath Lane – erected in 1921 and includes seven names from WW1.
The memorials were built by communities following the tragic devastation of the First World War and almost 100 years on, Historic England is appealing for those same communities to come together and ensure they are in good condition.
Historic England’s planning director Veryan Heal said: “The centenary programme aims to bring us together more closely as a nation to honour the lives and bravery of all those who served.
“Over a million Britons lost their lives in the War. It’s important that their sacrifice is not forgotten – and that the lessons learnt during that time are as resonant now as they were then.
“War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is absolutely fitting that we cherish and preserve them for future generations.”
“Whether we have relatives whose names are on local memorials, or who fought alongside those who died, we all have a connection with remembrance.
“I would urge everyone to make sure their local memorial is in good condition.
“If it isn’t, then Historic England, War Memorials Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund all have grants and advice available.”
Visit www.historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/listing/war-memorials-listing-project/ for further information.