Today we can bring our casualties home for burial, a comfort denied to the families of those who died in many earlier conflicts. The war memorials designed and built after World War 1 show the talents of the stonemasons who captured the mixture of pride, loss, gratitude and sorrow felt by the nation at end of a brutal war where victory had come at a heavy price.
They are examples of early 20th century sculptures and their purpose was to be a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made and the loss to society.
With the events of WW1 and WW2 passing from living memory, the war memorials are a tangible link to those eras.
Most cities, towns and villages have a memorial to those members of their community who never came home; it is up to those of us who follow to keep the memory alive by preserving these memorials.
Further information and advice can be obtained from the War Memorials Trust.