Whitby’s Local War Memorials
Civic Voice, in partnership with Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust, provided the opportunity for members of local Civic Societies to get involved in an exciting and rewarding project as part of the First World War commemorative events, which started in 2014 and is running until 2018.
It has been estimated that there are 100,000 war memorials of different types throughout the UK and throughout the centenary event the aim is to ensure that they remain as a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. Over the last four years volunteers throughout England have been recording the condition of their local war memorials and taking steps to ensure they are conserved and protected for the future.
Whitby Civic Society decided to survey, record and research all our war memorials in the Parish of Whitby by setting up a small working party to progress this project, coordinated by Joyce Stangoe one of our Committee members, and including members Chris Whitlam, Heather Rowland, Julia & Dennis Buck and Tim Deane. We would still welcome new members to join us and we are continually looking for further information or relevant photos.
We intend using the information collated to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I by holding an exhibition on Civic Day 16th June 2018 at The Brunswick Centre, Whitby between 10:00 – 4:00pm, where we will display the war memorials surveyed and researched to date, but will also be asking for further information on the people that lost their lives and how the war memorials came about.
A self-guided walking leaflet highlighting these war memorials will be produced, and all the information collated will be presented in book form to try and ensure the War Memorials and their stories are preserved for the future.
For further information on war memorials surveyed and recorded go to: https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/
For information in general for war memorials visit: http://www.ukwarmemorials.org/