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Posted by Michael Pegum
on Friday, 2 February 2018

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What is a war memorial, and what is not?

For the purposes of this inventory, a war memorial is one which commemorates those who were involved, whether they died or not, in any conflict. It includes civilians as well as service personnel (including irregular forces), and members of armed services who died on active service but not during a war, e.g. in peace-time service or service with the United Nations.


N.B. Memorials which do not carry the names of individuals are also included in the inventory.


IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT MANY MEMORIALS CARRY, AS WELL AS THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO DIED, THE NAMES OF THOSE FROM THE DISTRICT WHO SERVED AND SURVIVED. The site may therefore be of use to family historians researching relatives who lived at the time wars were going on.

Memorials may be: 

plaques commemorating one person or many;
crosses;
standing stones;
windows;
statues;
paper documents (either framed or in book form);
paintings and mosaics;
fixtures and furniture, such as a pulpit, lectern, font, furniture, etc.;
buildings, such as a community hall or archway;
inscriptions on a family grave marker, commemorating a war casualty buried elsewhere.


   N.B. Graves are not included, nor are memorials to military personnel whose death was not on active service, such as the Wellington Testimonial, or Monument, in Phoenix Park, Dublin.

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