Who owns a war memorial?

Ownership or custodianship of a war memorial can be very complex. The majority of local war memorials were originally overseen by a committee, which was usually wound up once the memorial was dedicated. Some individuals, associations, regiments or companies or their legal successors, have retained ownership. However, often there was no provision for future care and many local authorities have taken on responsibility. Parish Minutes or the online lists of trusts/charities from the Charity Commission in England and Wales, from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator or the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, may indicate if ownership has been formally transferred at any time. War Memorials Trust has further information to guide you in identifying ownership and the legal position around war memorials.