Probus hears about war memorials’ history

Children are being encouraged to discover war stories in their areas.
Children are being encouraged to discover war stories in their areas.

Club member Brian Dingwall gave an interesting talk on ‘Aspects of Remembrance’ outlining the history of the military memorial.

Prior to the late 19th century, any commemoration honoured only the commanders with statues, busts and titles, not the rank and file soldier. memorials were generally put up long after the event with no individual names and the dead buried in mass graves. By the time of the Crimean War several cemeteries were founded, but no provision was made for ongoing maintenance, and they have largely disappeared.

In the First World War Sir Fabian Ware grew unhappy with the arrangements and started a movement which led to the establishment of the Imperial War Graves Commission, so all ranks would be remembered. Harry Smith proposed thanks.