War Memorials

War Memorials

Forfar War Memorial on Balmashanner Hill.
Many communities chose to remember their sacrifice with a permanent memorial.

The war memorials most commonly seen across Angus are the crosses and obelisks at prominent locations in the towns and villages. These are typical of the way many communities chose to commemorate their war dead. These memorials were chosen and paid for by locals through subscriptions. There was no government or council funding so there is a huge variation in the styles of memorial and the way the names are listed.

Many communities chose to remember their sacrifice with a permanent war memorial which would serve a purpose. They felt the loss of so many lives should be commemorated with something which would continue to benefit the living as well as remember the dead.

Most civic memorials were created in the years immediately following the war, a few places took until the late 1920s and some, a very small number, never erected a memorial at all.