The Forty First World War Memorials in St Albans

Photo:St Albans School Cross of Sacrifice

St Albans School Cross of Sacrifice

Gareth Hughes

The location of the memorials and information about those named on them

SAHAAS First World War Home Front Research Group

As part of our project researching the Home Front in St Albans during the First World War, members of the SAHAAS research group have discovered that there are 40 memorials in the city to local men who lost their lives in the war. Most obvious of these are the City Memorial on St Peters Green and the unique collection of ten memorials in the streets around the Abbey. Others are easily missed. How many customers of Nat West Bank in St Peters Street realise that they pass within three feet of a memorial every time they enter the bank?

The city's memorials take many forms. Amongst them there is a memorial hall in Branch Road, a window in the Abbey and another in the former chapel at St Albans Hospital, two tablets outside old factory premises near the City station, a roll of honour in the Town Hall* and of course a tree in Waxhouse Gate.

In 2013 the Group published two documents relating to the memorials. These are the War Memorials Leaflet described below and also the War Memorials Matrix.

War Memorials Leaflet

The Society has produced a leaflet that describes the location and brief history of the memorials in the city centre. In taking time to see some of these, visitors may wish to consider not just the names that appear on them and the context in which they died but also the emotions and aspirations of those who remained behind.

* Please note, the St Albans Roll of Honour (No. 15 on the map) was moved in 2016 from the Town Hall to the St Albans City & District Council Chamber in the Civic Centre, St Peter's Street. Please check in advance as the chamber is not always open to the public.

SAHAAS War Memorials Leaflet
SAHAAS War Memorials Leaflet (1146k)
Describing over 20 memorials in and around the city centre

This page was added by Jonathan Mein on 30/08/2013.

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