Best of British: 60 things that make Britain great

Imagine you're cut off in a far-off land. What longings would be uppermost in your mind? Here we celebrate those aspects of life that make our islands distinct and beguiling.

58. War memorial

First World War war memorial; Wales UK

Such was the scale of the casualties in the First World War that virtually every town and village in the country came to possess a permanent monument to its dead. The imperative to create memori- als was further fuelled by the refusal of the authorities to return bodies from military graveyards on the Continent. These ubiquitous memorials to war remain the focus of annual Armistice Day celebrations. They have often also been updated to commemorate the casu- alties of more recent conflicts.

‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them’
(For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon)

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