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Central London is very different from the rest of the country in so much as there are a large number of memorials dating back through the centuries which are contained within a small area. These memorials are dedicated to Regiments, individuals, wars and specific groups of individuals. Some memorials are purely indicative of a period whereas others are dedicated to the men who served. This section will grow over time so please bear with us.

Tribute must be paid to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from whose records it has been possible to detail much of this information.

Please Note: Every attempt has been made to transcribe this information accurately but there are occasions that the information supplied is incorrect or errors occur during transcription. We do not wish to cause offence to any families of the men detailed here and will change the relevant information when informed.

Also note that places detailed on these memorials may appear in the wrong county. This information has been transcribed from the records given and, as the men were parochial, the information supplied at enlistment was the view of the men and the county they thought they resided in.

World War 1 & 2 -Central London
Other Memorials

Found on the back of a milestone on Shooters Hill, London
P hotograph Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2008

World War 1 & 2 Central London
Animals in War Memorial | Battle of Britain | Belgium People | British Museum & National History Museum | Brompton & Kensington Electric Supply/Accessories Co Ltd | Camel Corps | Cavalry of the Empire | Cenotaph |
Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) | Chelsea | Chelsea, Royal Hospital | Chindits | Coutts Bank | Croydon | Edith Cavell | Euston Fire Station 73 | Euston Station, London & North Western Rsilway | Fleet Air Arm | Ghurka | Guards Division Memorial, Horse Guards | Harris, Sir Arthur "Bomber" | Household Division | Liverpool Street Station | Liverpool Street Station, Charles Fryatt | Lloyds TSB | London Troops | London Zoological Society, London Zoo | Machine Gun Corps | The Rangers | Royal Academy | Royal Air Force | Royal Fusiliers | Royal Marines | Royal Northen Hospital, Islington | Royal Regiment of Artillery | St Clement Danes Parishioners WW1 | Spottiswoode Ballantyne & Co Ltd | Stock Exchange | Tower Hill Memorial | Victoria & Albert Museum | Waterloo Station

Other Memorials
Achilles Wellington Monument | Admiralty Arch | Brigade of Guards Crimean | Commonwealth | Constitution Arch | De Gaulle, Charles| George VI | Sir Henry Havelock | Horse Guards Parade | International Brigade | Nelson, Admiral Horatio
| New Zealand | Royal Artillery Boer War | Royal Colonial Institute Boer War | Wellington, Duke of | York, Duke of

Those being currently worked on are:
London Western Postal District War Memorial Rathbone Place | Soviet Citizens WWII Outside Imperial War Museum Southwark | Lloyds of London WWII | Westminster St Martin-in-the-Fields Church South African War


Much information about soldiers who fell, were awarded medals and more is to be found in old copies of the London Gazette. Here is a brief resume:

The London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously published newspaper in the United Kingdom and probably the world. The London Gazette and its sister publications, the Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes, have a unique position in British publishing. They are official newspapers of the Crown. The London Gazette contains a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary and Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as well as Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few. In addition, a number of Supplements are published covering Honours and Awards, Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings, Companies' information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.

In the 17th century, it was believed that National efficiency depended on the intelligence received by the Crown and that the reckless publishing of news might endanger it. An embargo on the printing of news other than reports of events abroad, natural disasters, Royal declarations and sensational crime continued until 1640. This had the effect of delaying the development of the press in the UK. Censorship was introduced in 1643, followed by licensing of news publications. The Gazette came about because of two momentous events: the Great Plague and the decision of King Charles II to remove his court - effectively the government of the time - to Oxford. The London Gazette started life as the Oxford Gazette and after a few months changed to its current title.

Extract take from Journal of British Printing Society February 2006 -
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Last updated 1 September, 2022

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