People whose relatives died in the two world wars are being asked to take part in a project aimed at bringing Sussex war memorials to life.
The project, launched by East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council, is also asking people to complete the online list of war memorials across Sussex, including Brighton & Hove.
Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for community services, said:
Our war memorials provide a moving tribute to those who died in the two world wars, but usually contain only the briefest information about those they commemorate.Advertisement
This project offers people a chance to fill in the details and to keep the memory of our war heroes alive, so future generations can learn more about them and get a real picture of the person behind the name.
The project, launched by the county councils’ Historic Environment Record teams, offers people the chance to submit details such as date or place of birth, death or marriage, where the person lived, a biography of their life or photographs of them.
People can find a war memorial from the existing list and add details or photographs to its record, or create a new record for a memorial not currently listed.
Casper Johnson, East Sussex County Archaeologist, 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 in the form of a stained glass window in a church, a roll of honour or even a water garden.
People can take part by following the link to Recording Remembrance online at www.eastsussexww1.org.uk/take-part and registering their details.
Roll of Honour
The Roll of Honour website currently lists the names of the men on the Crowborough War Memorial on Chapel Green and on the Canadian Memorial on the Crowborough Beacon Golf Course, along with known biographical information:
In 2005 the BBC gathered stories of WW2 to coincide with the 60 anniversary of the end of the war. You can read the memories related to Crowborough here: www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar.
At the Crowborough Town Conference on Wednesday 4th March, Dr Chris Kempshall, will give a talk about the WW1 Project – more details here.