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Regional daily builds online memorial to WW1 dead

A regional daily is appealing to its readers to help it build an online memorial to the 10,000 local men killed in the First World War as part of a four-year project.

The massive undertaking by the Worcester News will see an individual website article dedicated to each man from the Worcester Regiment who was killed in the 1914-18 conflict.

Work has already begun on uploading the stories which will appear in a special section of the paper’s website.

The paper will also be producing an eight page supplement in August to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war, followed by a daily column, spread over four years, reporting what happened on that day during the conflict, either on the front line or at home.

Editor Peter John said: “This is an absolutely unique interactive individual memorial for everyone, which will be a fantastic act of remembrance for their families and in general, and also a brilliant educational and historical resource.”

The paper wants to commemorate the men that fell with more than a simple name, rank, number, date and place of death; so it is asking readers to contribute to the project.

It wants relatives and local historians to come forward with memories, family stories, pictures and documents to make those who were killed real to readers.

In addition, it aims to work with local schools allowing them to use the information for classroom projects while asking teachers to share their pupils’ work.

The supplement will publish on August 2nd and there will also be special features coinciding with the anniversaries of famous battles which the Worcester Regiment took part in.

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  • July 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

    “This is an absolutely unique interactive individual memorial.” Not exactly.
    The Express & Star at Wolverhampton created The Virtual Cenotaph as a millennium project in 2000 and it’s still online.
    The Virtual Cenotaph was made in co-operation with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Readers are able to add their tributes to the names of the war dead.

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