War Memorials


The History of War Memorials

It is estimated that there are around 100,000 war memorials throughout Britain, built as symbols of commemoration for war dead. The notion of commemorating those lost in war developed significantly towards the end of the nineteenth century. 

The aftermath of the First World War became the “great age” of memorial building, as thousands were erected across Britain. The effects of the First World War were immensely far-reaching, and in response came a nation-wide drive for commemoration. This drive for commemoration was compounded by a ban on repatriation of the dead, as over 700,000 Britons lost their lives, and it became a logistical impossibility to transport numbers so high.

Although the Second World War saw fewer military losses, local communities continued the drive for commemoration, as new memorials were constructed and many names were added to those erected after the First World War. In the time since the end of the Second World War, names have been continually added to memorials in remembrance of those lost in more recent conflicts, such as the Korean War, the Northern Ireland Conflict, and the War in Afghanistan.




What are War Memorials?

War memorials exist in many different forms, but all exist as an object to preserve the memory of a conflict or war and those involved in it. Typically, a war memorial takes the form of a plaque, monument, or sculpture, but can also include any tangible object that has been erected or dedicated to commemorate. Generally, war memorials are erected by local communities and groups associated with those remembered. War memorials act as historical touchstones, linking the past and the present as focal points for acknowledging and remembering the sacrifice of those that served, fought, and died in conflict, especially on occasions such as Remembrance Sunday.

War Memorials in Ashfield (click for more details)

Titchfield Park War Memorial

Location: Titchfield Park War Memorial, Park Drive, Hucknall, NG15 7LU

Listing: Grade II listed on October 12th, 1988. List entry number: 1275905.

Commemoration: First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Palestine Conflict (1918-1948), Cyprus Emergency (1955-1959), Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), Afghanistan Conflict (2001-2014).

Date unveiled: 3rd September 1922.

Unveiled by: Brig Gen Sir Joseph Frederick Laycock KCMG DSO TD

Number of names: 101.

Cost: 1922: £1,400, raised by public subscription.

Inscription text: “In memory of the sailors and soldiers of Hucknall who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1918”.

Materials: Portland stone, Bronze, Sandstone, Marble

Historic information source(s): Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Thursday 16th of March, 1922.

Imperial War Museum reference: 58983

Sutton Cemetery War Memorial

Location: Sutton in Ashfield Cemetery, Huthwaite Road, Sutton in Ashfield, NG17 2EL

Listing: Grade II listed on October 12th, 1988. List entry number: 1275242.

Commemoration: First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Northern Ireland Conflict (1969-1998)

Date unveiled: 16th October 1921.

Unveiled by: John Dove, a local and Crimean War Veteran.

Dedication by: Reverend A. T. Cowen and Reverend John Stephenson

Number of names: 430.

Cost: 1921 - £700, raised by public subscription. Adjusted for present day - Approximately £33,280

Inscription text: “To the glorious memory of the Sutton-in-Ashfield men who fell in the Great War”.

Materials: White Sicilian Marble

Historic information source(s): Nottingham Journal, Monday 17th of October 1921; Mansfield Reporter, Friday 13th of August 1920.

Imperial War Museum reference: 19432

Sutton Cemetery War Memorial

Location: Huthwaite War Memorial, Sutton Rd, Huthwaite, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 2NQ

Listing: Grade II listed on October 12th, 1988. List entry number: 1275907.

Commemoration: First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)

Date unveiled: 10th April 1925.

Unveiled by: Col. Sir Lancelot Rolleston K.C.B., D.S.O.

Dedication by: Reverend William Boulton

Number of names: 77.

Cost: 1925 - £500, raised by public subscription. Adjusted for present day - approximately £29,523.

Inscription text: “They Nobly Played Their Part, They Heard Their Countries Call, For God King and Right, They Gave Their All”.

Materials: Darley Dale stone, Bronze

Historic information source(s): The Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times, 17th of April, 1925.

Imperial War Museum reference: 14872

Location: Downing Street War Memorial, Junction with Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 4EF

Location: St. Andrew’s Church War Memorial, Mansfield Road, Skegby, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 3DD

Location: All Saints’ Church War Memorial, Stanton Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 3HF

Kingsway War Memorial

Location: Kingsway Old Cemetery War Memorial, Kingsway, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, NG17 7FJ

Listing: Grade II listed on October 12th, 1988. List entry number: 1221364

Commemoration: First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Northern Ireland Conflict (1969-1998), War in Afghanistan (2001-2014)

Number of names: 239.

Materials: Granite, Lead lettering

Imperial War Museum reference: 58949

Jacksdale War Memorial Unveiling

Location: Jacksdale War Memorial, Junction of Main Road and Wagstaff Lane, Jacksdale, NG16 5LF

Listing: Grade II listed on May 16th, 2016. List entry number: 1431440.

Commemoration: First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)

Date unveiled: 9th July 1921.

Unveiled by:Mr. B. McLaren and Mrs. McLaren

Dedication by: Rev. R.D. Weller, Rev. W. Cherry, Rev. M. Dobinson, and Rev. F.J. Khan

Cost: £440, raised by public subscription.

Designer: Beresford & Son.

Inscription text: “By Their Sacrifice We Live 1914-1918, 1939-1945”; “We Will Remember Them”.

Materials: Stancliffe stone, Slate, Carrara marble

Historic information source(s): “The Story of the Jacksdale Soldier”, Jacksdale and Westwood Community and Heritage, https://www.jacksdale.org.uk/the-story-of-the-jacksdale-soldier-part-1/.

Imperial War Museum reference: 26889.

Jacksdale War Memorial Unveiling

Location: Selston War Memorial, Alfreton Road, Selston, NG16 6DW

Listing: Not listed.

Commemoration: First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)

Date unveiled: 29th July 2014.

Unveiled by: Sam Wilson and Gail Turner

Dedication by: Rev. Fiona Shouler

Number of names: 84

Cost: £38,000. Funded by Nottinghamshire County, Ashfield District, and Selston Parish Councils.

Inscription text: “This memorial was erected to commemorate the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country”.

Materials: Portland Stone

Historic information source(s): “Selston unveils £38,000 war memorial”, Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser, July 29, 2014.