Memorial hall

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Parkend Memorial Hall, in the village of Parkend, England. A typical village memorial hall, erected in 1919 as a memorial to villagers who died while serving in the First World War.

A memorial hall is a hall built to commentate an individual or group; most commonly those who have died in war. Most are intended for public use and are sometimes described as utilitarian memorials.[1]

In the aftermath of the First World War, many towns and villages looked to commemorate casualties from their communities. Community leaders were expected to organise local committees to construct memorials[2] and halls, for the benefit of the local community, were often seen as appropriate ways in which to honour those who had lost their lives. Most incorporate a plaque or stone, individually naming casualties, although, in some cases, they were built instead of war memorials.[3] Most First World War memorial halls would later go on to be rededicated as memorials to those who also died in the Second World War.

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  1. ^ Machin, Abousnnouga. The Language of War Monuments. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. p. 88. ISBN 9781623568214.
  2. ^ King, Alex (1997). Memorials of the Great War in Britain: The Symbolism and Politics of Remembrance. Page 27. Oxford: Berg. ISBN 978-1-85973-988-4.
  3. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database Report, Lorquon Memorial Hall". Victorian Heritage Database. Retrieved 29 March 2018.