“Remembrance isn’t about the stone, the marble, the wood or the glass, or the day it is about the people.”
Each year in Cities, Town’s and village we honour by an act of remembrance the memory of those local servicemen who fell serving their country. I began research the Great War some years ago and have written a number of books about the fallen. When I started this work I had no idea how hard and long the trail would be and I trusted the information that was readily available including our National Roll of Honour.
It soon became apparent that out local memorials and news were the guardians of fallen service personnel who had been omitted by our Country and because for many people the National Roll of Honour was the starting point for information, it was as if these men and women had never existed. Relatives had rumours that a uncle or grandfather had died because of their service in the Great War but with no information these lost souls remained just a rumour.
After researching the cases of over 15,000 service personnel who died during or just after the Great War it became clear that some of those we call heroes had been forgotten. Every time I researched a book I found more of the forgotten and after researching the county of Wiltshire I estimated that between five and ten service personnel have been forgotten for every town in the country.
Finding the Forgotten has, so far, been responsible for the successful commemoration of twelve servicemen from Wiltshire in the past 12 months; we have over 50 or so either being or about to be considered for commemoration. With the first centenary of the Great War approaching, it is the aim of Finding the Forgotten to
commemorate all those service personnel who gave their lives in the service of their country during the war to end all wars and fulfil the promises made and renewed each year.
“We will remember them.”