Sources for war memorials
War memorials can be researched from various angles: military, social, and family history, and as artistic objects. Before the 20th century, they were generally to individuals, with the exception of a handful of Crimean war memorials. Communal war memorials were erected after the Boer War, although it was really with the First World War that they became more common. A decision was made early in the war not to repatriate the bodies of the fallen, and the communal memorials provided a focus for grief and remembrance.
Hampshire Archives and Local Studies is happy to support activity around this theme, in terms of facilitation, advice on sources, links with local military museums, military ancestors and local history workshops, etc. However, we don't have expertise on conservation or preservation of war memorials.
If you would like to investigate the history of a war memorial or the names on it, Hampshire Archives and Local Studies may hold useful sources.
|Where is it?||Tracing the names|
Where is it?
Is it out of doors?
Is it in the parish church or churchyard
Look elsewhere in the church for
Is it the only one? Where else should I look?
Tracing the names on war memorials
Tracing their military careers
Tracing their family and local background