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Our Architects

Commission architects show their plans to King George V

From the outset the Commissioners were determined to employ the very best architects to carry out their vision to create a worthy and lasting memorial to the 1.1 million dead of the First World War. To that end they engaged three principal architects: Sir Edwin Lutyens, Sir Reginald Blomfield and Sir Herbert Baker.

Closely aided by Charles Holden and working with so-called junior architects, including Wilhelm Clement von Berg, W. H. Cowlishaw and N.A. Rew, the principal architects were predominantly active in Belgium and Northern France, where their work is complemented by C.S. Jagger's rugged and realistic sculptures of soldiers, the stone figures carved by Eric Kennington and a specially commissioned font created by Macdonald Gill which is used for all headstone inscriptions.

Further afield Sir Robert Lorimer was responsible for Italy and Greece, while Sir John Burnet took on the task of creating cemeteries and memorials on the Gallipoli peninsula. Edward Warren worked in the Middle East.

After the Second World War further cemeteries and memorials were needed, often in countries where we had not worked before. The Commissioners were determined to maintain the high standards set in the aftermath of the First World War and engaged Sir Hubert Worthington, Philip Hepworth and Sir Edward Maufe, to guide the building programmes.