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20in20 for the MS Trust: War Memorials
Thu 25 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
World War I was fought mainly by conscripted men and volunteers who were ordinary people from all walks of life with ordinary jobs. Many of them joined up with others that they knew and often came from a similar area or profession. There were battalions formed by firms and offices, footballer’s battalions, even pals battalions which were raised from members of the same family and even men from the same streets. These people all fought together and of course so many of them would have also died together leaving great losses for families and communities.
The war memorials as we know them came from the shrines to those that had been lost that people set up on the village green or on the street corner as the war went on. Only a few of the dead were repatriated, most were buried not far from where they fell or at sea and many have no known grave so, after the war, there was a demand for permanent memorials.There are tens of thousands of war memorials across the country, nearly every town and village has them and remembrance services are held at many of them.
The City of London has many, most of us pass them by without a second glance. They appear in the churches, office buildings, the buildings of the great City institutions and of course in the streets. The first public memorial in the City to the Great War was erected in 1916.
This walk will take you to a selection of those that can be found in the eastern half of our City and as we make our way between these you will find out lots more about the Square Mile, its churches, buildings, customs and history.
Your tour will be led by Chris Ruff, City of London Guide and Associate and Registered Guide of the Institute of Tourist Guiding.