Corston memorial listed.

Corston village war memorial is one of 27 Somerset war memorials that now appear among hundreds to be listed over the last year through Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018 – marking the centenary of the First World War.

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Corston War Memorial

Built by communities in the years following the conflict, these memorials are a poignant, physical reminder of the sacrifices and loss World War One brought about. One hundred years on it is time to come together again to ensure our memorials are in good condition, and properly recognised by listed where appropriate.

Historic England, together with War Memorials Trust, are offering advice and grants to help members of the public submit applications to have their local war memorials listed and repaired where necessary.

John Whittingdale, Culture Secretary, who leads for the Government on First World War commemorations, said:

“Over a million Britons lost their lives in the First World War. It’s important that their sacrifice is not forgotten – and that the lessons learnt during that time are as resonant now as they were then. The centenary programme aims to bring us together more closely as a nation to honour the lives and bravery of all those who served. War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is absolutely fitting that we cherish and preserve them for future generations.”

He added: “Whether we have relatives whose names are on local memorials, or who fought alongside those who died, we all have a connection with remembrance. I would urge everyone to make sure their local memorial is in good condition. If it isn’t, then Historic England, War Memorials Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund all have grants and advice available.”

Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England, said: “Researching, recording and recommending up to 2,500 more war memorials for listing over the next five years is a major task but one that Historic England is proud to undertake. These memorials will gain a place on the National Heritage List for England to tell the story of this country’s sacrifice and struggle.”

For details on getting a memorial listed or repaired – or both, look at http://historicengland.org.uk/news-and-features/first-world-war-home-front/how-can-i-get-involved/protecting-our-war-memorials/

The full list of Somerset memorials is as follows.

Alcombe War Memorial http://bit.ly/1TIq8fl
Ansford War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St4cWy
Bishop’s Lydeard War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St655t
Brompton Ralph War Memorial http://bit.ly/1TIpZbL
Cheddar War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St3ZTc

Corston War Memorial http://bit.ly/1TIqvX3
Ditcheat War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St3hW3
Drayton War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St4soi
Fivehead War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St4NY3
Glastonbury War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St3w3d

Grove Park War Memorial http://bit.ly/1TIqlix
Hatch Beauchamp War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St6ftq
Kingston St Mary War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St6qFf
Long Sutton War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St57WR
Meare War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St3SqD

Milborne Port War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St5eBH
Minehead War Memorial http://bit.ly/1TIq52V
Middle Chinnock War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St5L6T
North Cadbury War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St5rot
Oakhill and Ashwick War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St35WR

Odcombe War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St5zoa
Pensford War Memorial http://bit.ly/1TIqBhC
Stogursey war memorial http://bit.ly/1TIqgeS
War Memorial in the Churchyard of the Church of St Bartholomew http://bit.ly/1St4We2
Wellington Park War Memorial http://bit.ly/1St6yEM
West Buckland War Memorial http://bit.ly/1TIpU7X
West Lydford War Memorial http://bit.ly/1TIqd2o