War memorials protected as part of First World War commemoration

Fishtoft War Memorial EMN-160815-111511001
Fishtoft War Memorial EMN-160815-111511001

War memorials in Boston and the surrounding area have been given protection as part of a project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The memorials, where the brave service personnel who paid the ultimate price for their country, have been listed through Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018.

Freiston War Memorial EMN-160815-111451001

Freiston War Memorial EMN-160815-111451001

Those in Boston borough to be listed are:

l Fishtoft

l Freiston

l Skirkbeck

In East Lindsey they are:

l Coningsby

l East Kirkby

l Sibsey

l Stickney

Louise Brennan, assistant director for Historic England in the East Midlands, said: “Over a million Britons lost their lives in the First World War. These new listings will help to ensure that their sacrifice is not forgotten. War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is important that we cherish and preserve them for future generations. I would encourage 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 have grants and advice available.”

In Lincolnshire as a whole 17 war memorials are among hundreds listed.

This is all part of a wider partnership we have forged with War Memorials Trust, Civic Voice and the Imperial War Museums to help communities discover, care for and conserve their local war memorials.

Working with enthusiastic volunteers across the country, the programme is providing up to £2 million in grants for war memorial repair and conservation and hundreds of workshops to teach people how to record their memorials and put them forward for listing.

l For more information on listing: www.historicengland.org.uk/listingwarmemorials

l For more information on grants available: www.warmemorialstrust.org/grants