David Cameron announces £5m war memorial funding

David Cameron has announced a £5 million funding package to help preserve First World War memorials and burial sites across the UK and overseas ahead of next year's centenary.

The announcement coincided with the Prime Minister's visit to First World War graves and memorials in Flanders fields today alongside the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

David Cameron pictured with Enda Kenny in Flanders after he made the funding announcement. Credit: Twitter / @David_Cameron

The money will also help fund new educational materials to explain the importance of the sites and to honour the British and Commonwealth servicemen and women buried there.

Mr Cameron said next year's centenary of the start of the First World War will be a time for national reflection and the funding would ensure "local war memorials are a fitting tribute" to those who had died.

"We simply should not tolerate damaged war graves in our country. Our memorials and cemeteries must be places of respect and education. This funding will help make it happen, and I am proud to be able to announce it today," the Prime Minister said.