UK National Inventory of War Memorials

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The War Memorials Archive (WMA) formerly the UK National Inventory of War Memorials was founded in 1989 to build a comprehensive record of every war memorial in the United Kingdom (including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), and the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Memorial to Lt J Manners, Clovelly, Devon. UKNIWM Ref: 25898

Based at the Imperial War Museums in London, the database has so far recorded over 66,000 war memorials. These records are available in an online database available on the IWM website. This is a volunteer led project with a group of volunteers based at the IWM and fieldworkers from around the country working to record and update war memorial information.

The key information recorded includes: location, description, category, inscription, names recorded and photographs.

War memorials are defined as any tangible object which has been erected or dedicated to commemorate war, conflict, victory or peace; or casualties who served in, were affected by or killed as a result of war, conflict or peacekeeping; or those who died as a result of accident or disease whilst engaged in military service. This includes memorials to civilian casualties and animals. While most memorials commemorate the First World War and Second World War, all conflicts are covered, from the Roman conquest of Britain to current day actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The WMA is working to compile a comprehensive online record of all war memorials in the UK together with the names of the individuals who they commemorate.

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