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Historic England adding to list 11 war memorials around Kent

By Ellis Stephenson

The body in charge of war memorials around the country will list 11 in Kent.

Historic England has announced the tributes will receive extra protection as part of a scheme to safeguard 2,500 memorials by 2018.

The monuments were built by communities after the conflict of the First World War.

Nackington War Memorial. Picture: Historic England
Nackington War Memorial. Picture: Historic England

Chief executive of Historic England, Duncan Wilson, said:"Researching, recording and recommending up to 2,500 more war memorials for listing over 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."

The move is part of a wider project between Historic England and the War Memorials Trust, Civic Voice and the Imperial War Museums to help communities discover and care for the memorials near them.

"We want to ensure the bravery and sacrifice of those who served" - Lord Ashton

The scheme is providing up to £2 million in grants for repairing the structures.

First World War minister, Lord Ashton of Hyde, said: "As we enter the final year of our First World War centenary commemorations, we want to ensure the bravery and sacrifice of those who served are never forgotten.

"Local war memorials are a poignant reminder of how the war affected our communities and of those who never came home.

"I encourage everyone to visit their local memorial and? ?to learn more about their connection to this pivotal point in our history."

The Eynsford War Memorial was granted listed status due to a scheme launched by Eynsford Parish Council.

Which memorials will be listed?

  • Boughton Aluph and Eastwell War Memorial, Ashford
  • County of Kent War Memorial Cross, Canterbury Cathedral
  • Dunkirk Parish War Memorial, Faversham
  • Eynsford War Memorial
  • Nackington War Memorial, Canterbury
  • Rainham War Memorial
  • Rochester War Memorial
  • Smeeth War Memorial, Ashford
  • War memorial cross at The King's School, Canterbury
  • Westgate-on-Sea British Legion War Memorial
  • West Malling War Memorial

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