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A list of suggested inscriptions put forward by the public for the Cenotaph, 1919
(Catalogue ref: WORK 20/139)
  2a   2b   2c   2d   2e   2f  
  2a   2b   2c   2d   2e   2f  
  WORK 20/139; list of suggested inscriptions for the cenotaph, 1919  

How to use this source:

Study this source carefully and see what it tells you about how British people remembered the war in the years 1919-30. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Which of these sources would you say were religious, revengeful, bitter, sad, proud? (See if you can think of any other descriptions).
  • In your opinion, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each possible inscription?
  • Would any of these inscriptions have been acceptable in 1919, but not acceptable 50 years later?
  • Study the opinion of Sir Edward Lutyens in source 1. Do you agree with his view on the inscription?
  • Will you choose this as your memorial to evaluate?
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