Memorials in the UK to those who didnt come home.




Family Memorial to Archibald Adams in Kibworth Cemetery, Leics


After the two world wars surviving family members often added the names of those killed overseas to the headstones on graves of family members in the UK. These are what we call family memorials. Other types of family memorials are Plaques in churches or clubs etc, benches in parks, stained glass windows or even a street lamp.



Memorial Plaque to John William Bateman Palfree in St Lukes Church, Derby.
Photograph by Richard Roberts

As there is no way of knowing where these Memorials are or how many there are of them, finding them is a challenge. It’s a case of reading the inscriptions on the front and very often the sides of every grave stone in the cemetery or churchyard.


The Inglesant family grave at Belgrave Road Cemetery, Leicester.

Front of Headstone above, left & right hand sides below


At the moment I am listing the Family Memorials that have been found in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire but more will be added from other areas within the UK in due course. To view the lists click on the county tabs under Family Memorials in the main menu.

The lists are in alphabetical order and the information contained in them is Surname, Rank, Name, Service Number, Regiment, Date of death & age, Relatives (if known), Where the casualty is buried and where the Memorial stands.