Wikipedia:Today's featured article/September 10, 2017

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North Eastern Railway War Memorial

The North Eastern Railway War Memorial is a First World War memorial in York in northern England designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It commemorates employees of the North Eastern Railway (NER) who were killed while serving in the First World War. The NER, one of the largest employers in the north of England, released over 18,000 of its employees to serve in the armed forces. By the end of the war, 2,236 men from the company had died on military service overseas; others were killed at home by bombardments of east coast ports, including a raid on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby, and three Zeppelin raids on York. After the war, thousands of memorials were built across Britain. Among the most prominent designers of memorials was Lutyens, described by Historic England as "the leading English architect of his generation". The NER memorial, unveiled in 1924, consists of a 54-foot-high (16-metre) obelisk rising from the rear portion of a three-sided screen wall. The wall forms a recess in which stands Lutyens' characteristic Stone of Remembrance. The memorial is a grade II* listed building. (Full article...)

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