New English Heritage guidebook tells stories of 6 London war memorials

 UW - HPC - Machine Gun Corps

TELLING THE STORY BEHIND 6 FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS IN LONDON

Wellington Arch and Marble Arch were both built as monuments to British victories over Napoleonic France but were moved and adapted over time. The prominent position of Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner led it to become a focal point for other national monuments after the First World War.

Now, a new addition to English Heritage’s Red Guides series brings the stories of the arches together with six First World War memorials. These are: the Royal Artillery Memorial, the Machine Gun Corps memorial, The Cenotaph, the Field Marshal Earl Haig Memorial, the Belgian Gratitude Memorial and the Edith Cavell Memorial.

Jennifer Cryer, Guidebook Commissioning Editor said: “this new guide includes not only in-depth histories of the two arches, but for the first time, the guidebook explores the six memorials of the Great War in London which are in the care of English Heritage.

“Together they reveal different approaches to memorialisation and commemorating the dead.”

For full details, please visit: English Heritage guidebook

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Royal Artillery memorial HPC

Westminster - Haig on Whitehall

Thames - Belgian memorial

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