Today, as part of the Remembrance Day commemorations, people around the world will gather at their local war memorials to honour those who died to give us the freedom we take so much for granted today.
The Remember the Fallen website has its origins in the work Sandra Taylor began in 1999 as a volunteer fieldworker for the National Inventory of War Memorials (NIWM) recording and transcribing the names commemorated on Worcestershire’s war memorials. Thinking this work was finished, Sandra decided that the transcribed names deserved further research so that the names carved on the memorials could be brought to life.
The website has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and contains over 11,000 names found on war memorials and rolls of honour throughout Worcestershire. Many of these war memorials are close to borders with other counties and may therefore contain names relevant to Birmingham family historians in search of their military ancestors. Currently over half the casualties have been researched with the information appearing on their individual casualty page. Research into casualties is an ongoing project and uploads of new information occurs on a regular basis, as does the addition of more war memorials. Searches can be made by surname or by memorial name and each memorial is represented by a poppy on the Home Page. Click here to access the Remember the Fallen website.
With thanks to Sandra Taylor