There are an abundance of memorials around the country dedicated to those who gave their all during the difficult times between 1939 and 1945.
Many of these are beautifully carved and inscribed, well looked after and preserved. Others, on the other hand, are more reserved, less conspicuous and suffering decay due to lack of attention. Whatever the state, they all mean the same thing, someone has given their life so that we may live in peace and these are reminders to us all of that fact.
As I travelled making these tours, I grew fonder of these memorials of the stories and people behind them. They have become an integral part of each trip, and I believe they deserve greater recognition then perhaps they may have.
If you share a similar interest and belief, then you will be able to find these on both the interactive map and also now on a new page dedicated solely to them.
To all those who gave, this is dedicated to you.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam
For pictures of the memorials, click here…