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First World War memorials database now available online

Dilwyn War Memorial, picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Herefordshire Council has published an extensive database of First World War memorials online.

The database lists the names on war memorials and Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) war graves across the county. It is possible to search for the names of those in CWGC graves or listed on war memorials in a particular parish to find an individual, his rank, regiment and details of next of kin.

The extensive research for the database was carried out by Jennifer Harrison throughout 2013, both in the field and by using a variety of secondary sources, including Herefordshire Archives and Historic Environment Record. The research so far, has covered 326 memorials in the city, towns, villages, schools and work places across Herefordshire and has produced the names of 2,485 men and two women on war memorials alone.

The research also shows there are 236 Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves in 101 cemeteries in the county.

Jennifer Harrison said: “I wanted to make sure that every name on every Herefordshire First World War memorial was remembered.

“When I came to Ledbury in 2011, I looked at the two war memorials and wanted to find out who the men were; to ‘put skin and bones on the names on the stones’ and so the research began. I completed Ledbury and the surrounding villages of Much Marcle, Colwall, Wellington Heath, Pixley and Putley and then requests started coming in from surrounding Royal British Legion branches and, having started, I thought it was important to do the whole county.”

The database provides the full name, number, rank, regiment, battalion or ship, age, date of death, details of where they were commemorated or buried and a short sentence about their next of kin for each individual. There is also a link to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site for each name.

The database is available online at: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/cwgc-search.

To add information to the database, please e-mail archives@herefordshire.gov.uk.

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