Adding flesh to the bones of war memorial names

Men marching to the trenches
Men marching to the trenches

Following the start of commemorations of World War I in Sussex, local people are being asked to join a project aimed at bringing to life names and histories of relatives or friends whose names appear on the district’s memorials.

The project is launched by East and West Sussex county councils and asks people to complete an online list of memorials across both counties. People have the chance to submit details like a date or place of birth, death or marriage, where they lived, a biography of their life or photographs.

Anyone taking part can find a war memorial from the existing list and add these details to its record, or create a new record for one not listed. Follow the link to Recording Remembrance online at and register your details.

County archaeologist Casper Johnson, who manages the project, said: “War memorials come in many different forms and are not just the obvious ones in the centre of a village or town. They can also be a stained glass window in a church, a roll of honour or even a water garden.”

County’s community services member, cllr Chris Dowling added: “Our war memorials provide a moving tribute to those who died but usually contain only the briefest information. This project offers people a chance to fill in the details.”

Dr Chris Kempshall, county’s World War I project manager, will describe the project at Crowborough’s annual town conference at 7.30pm on March 4 at All Saints Church Centre, Chapel Green.