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DEFINITION OF A WAR MEMORIAL

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2007 11:14 am    Post subject: DEFINITION OF A WAR MEMORIAL Reply with quote

I know we are keeping things quite flexible here, and information not within the definition is adding to our overall knowledge and interest. However this is the official line;

What is a War Memorial? The Definition of a War Memorial
Used by the UK National Inventory of War Memorials, and endorsed by War Memorials Trust , the definition of a War Memorial is:

"a physical object created or installed to commemorate those who died as a result of a conflict (excluding individual graves); the purpose of a memorial being defined as to reunite those who were separated by a conflict, who left their homes, colleagues and friends to serve in a war, many of whose bodies were never recovered or who were buried overseas".
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:04 pm    Post subject: reply Reply with quote

Ok, I'm new here and this has probably already been answered but:
Does this definition also include memorials to military locations and units? I'm thinking of the Dalgety Bay memorial to Donibristle, the Port Edgar memorial to the Minesweepers, and the various memorial plaques on to the Argylls on houses in Stirling?
Apologies if this is a daft question.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gordon

It's not a daft question at all. The types of memorial you mention are included on this forum. They will usually be found in the Regiments and Units topic for each area. In fact the Port Edgar memorial has already been posted in the Edinburgh Regiments and units section.

It's here

There is another slightly similar thread to this on the Forum news section here

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've moved this thread to the New Members section from the General section as it is more useful in this part of the forum.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this isn't a memorial to fallen men, but I found it interesting, and we're still trying to find out more about it.
Does this sort of memorial have a place here?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robbie

This should definitely on here. It should go in the 'Other' section.

This is a cracker (for me anyway) and I'd be disappointed if it wasn't listed.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the definition of a war memorial according to the War Memorials Trust. It would appear to be far more flexible than the original I posted over four years ago.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a memorial is “a sign of remembrance; preserving or
intended to preserve the memory of a person or thing”.
Any object can be considered a war memorial. They can be created or erected by anyone
and they do not have to be officially unveiled or dedicated, although many are. As long as the
inscription and/or purpose behind the creation or erection of the object links it to the
remembrance of a war or conflict then it is considered to be a war memorial. Please note that
War Memorials Trust does not consider grave markers for individuals killed during a war or conflict
and where the body is present as war memorials.
War memorials can be permanent (e.g. a sculpture, cross or roll of honour), temporary (e.g. a
street shrine, the temporary Cenotaph erected for the peace celebrations of 1919) or living (e.g.
a tree).
A war memorial can be in a public or private location. It can be inside or outside a building or
can have no permanent location (e.g. a roll of honour book maybe moved to different
locations over time).
War memorials can commemorate individuals as well as groups of people. Those
commemorated on a war memorial can have died in action, in wartime accidents and friendly
fire, or can have died of wounds or from disease either during or subsequent to a conflict. War
memorials can commemorate those who served during a war and survived. Civilians involved in
or affected by a conflict or war can also be commemorated as can animals.
War memorials can be created or erected at any time. They can be created or erected either
during or shortly after the event they are commemorating or a significant time after the event.
Please see the UK National Inventory of War Memorials at the Imperial War Museum for a full list
of the different types of war memorials ago;

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