Memorialization Of The Great War

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This thesis has aimed to widen local studies on the memorialisation of the Great War. The study of remembrance is ever expanding, with historians, local researchers and organisations aiming to broaden the spectrum of research on the topic. Historians have researched memorialisation from local to international level and the wide spectrum of studies allows for a better understanding of how people and communities reacted to the Great War. Of the 5,704,416 men mobilised by Britain, around 723,000 died. Since the dead were buried overseas in war cemeteries, it was down to communities throughout Britain to erect war memorials for their fallen. War memorials became focal points of commemorative and anniversary events for the Great War, they were a way in which future generations could pay their respects to the dead and could also show as a reminder the influence that a worldwide war had on a community and country. There are around 38,000 war memorials in Britain, while in the North East of England, the number amounts to around 2,001 , and in Middleton-in-Teesdale there are three dedicated to the Great War. This thesis focused…show more content…
The War Memorial Committee asked Lord Barnard to unveil the monument, to which he agreed. Furthermore, they planned with the church ministers in the village for a church service and congregation before the official unveiling. They also had to arrange for the institutions and individuals to lay wreaths at the memorial and had to arrange the band, buglers and a firing party. On unveiling day, the arrangements proved to be successful as the ceremony went forward without any problems. Mr Raine stated that despite anxiety over ‘The form the monument should take, the raising of the money, the fixing of the site, and the erection of the memorial’, as a village, the community and committee overcame all of
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