The distinguished British architect was born in 1869. He was commissioned by the Imperial War Graves Commission to design many of the cemeteries and memorials of the First World War. Many consider his work for the Commission his greatest. It was Lutyens, along with Sir Reginald Blomfield and Sir Herbert Baker, who first went to visit the temporary burial places in Northern France and Belgium to decide how to proceed with the design of the cemeteries. 

Edwin Lutynes 

It was his idea that all of the Commission cemeteries should contain a permanent monument - a Stone of Remembrance. Another structure, a cross, was proposed to reflect a Christian element. This would later be known as a Cross of Sacrifice. 

Lutyens designed Thiepval Memorial in France, the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. Construction began in 1928 and panels of Portland stone were inscribed with the names of the missing. His other work includes Delhi Memorial (India Gate), the Cenotaph, Whitehall, Tower Hill Memorial, Arch of Remembrance memorial in Leicester and Arras Memorial


Featured designs by Edwin Lutyens

Villers-Bretonneux war cemetery

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery

The cemetery was made after the Armistice by bringing together graves from the surrounding battlefields and nearby burial grounds. Around two-thirds of those buried died in 1918.

Arras Memorial

The memorial stands at the entrance to Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery in France. It commemorates nearly 35,000 soldiers of the British, South African and New Zealand forces.

Theipval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave.

Tower Hill memorial

Tower Hill Memorial

 The memorial commemorates the men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who gave their lives for the nation and who have no grave but the sea.