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First World War and Second World War memorial information

As the hostilities came to an end, like many across the world the people of South Gloucestershire wished to remember those that they had lost by creating memorials.

There was no national scheme and each memorial was placed by public subscription. People raised the money through concerts, theatre performances and jumble sales. It took many years for some of the memorials to go up and they are still a constant reminder of the sacrifice of a generation.

The centenary of The Great War has focused thoughts again not only on those that lost their lives but also those whose lives were forever changed by the conflict and those at home who had endured so much.

There are many tablets, plaques and statues in South Gloucestershire marking those who have died in war placed by those that have suffered the consequences of war.

We have put together a list of war memorials within South Gloucestershire which are open to the public. However you should note that you might need permission to visit memorial sites that are inside buildings. If you know of a war memorial that is open to the public but not included in our war memorial site brochure, please contact us.

Discover more about the people named on each war memorial

During the four years of the project, research was being undertaken by volunteers from South Gloucestershire museums, heritage centres and local history groups and added to the website.  Where this information has been researched and checked by the local group, we have placed QR (Quick Response) codes and web page links near the war memorial in South Gloucestershire. By adding a QR app to your phone, you will be able to read the QR near a war memorial and access the web page for information. Alternatively, you can add the web site link to your phone to access the webpage. The web site can be found here: sites.southglos.gov.uk/war-memorials

Save your local war memorial

Following the end of the First World War thousands of war memorials, including stone monuments, statues, plaques and stained glass windows, were erected across the country in a huge act of remembrance. Over the next few years, numerous war memorials will be approaching their 100th anniversary. Many are at risk and in need of repair and conservation to ensure they are a fitting tribute to those who sacrificed their lives.

A £5 million fund has been made available by the Department for Culture Media and Sport through the National Heritage Memorial Fund to help ensure that local communities can access the funds they need to repair, protect and conserve war memorials across the country http://www.nhmf.org.uk/.

Find out more about South Gloucestershire in the First World War.

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