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Regional daily completes online memorial to more than 10,000 soldiers

A regional daily has completed the mammoth task of creating an interactive, online memorial with the details of more than 10,000 local men killed during the First World War.

The Worcester News has created a special section on its website, pictured below, which features the details of each soldier killed in the war from the Worcestershire Regiment.

The task of uploading the details started last July in conjunction with the Worcestershire Regiment Museum and a WW1 commemoration project run by the local archive department.

Each soldier from the regiment killed in the war has his name, rank, serial number, battalion number, place and date of death recorded.

Worcester News war memorial

Users visiting the site can search for fallen relatives and can provide pictures, tributes and biographies to add to the entries.

Family members can also leave messages on special occasions, such as Armistice Day or anniversaries of deaths.

Group editor Peter John said: “We did this because of reader interest in the war on its 100th anniversary, and because we felt it was important to play our part in the commemorations of the sacrifice of a previous generation.”

The memorials are stored within a special WW1 section of the Worcester News’ website, which also contains a daily diary of what was happening 100 years ago on both the fighting and home fronts, along with other features.

The WW1 section also covers 13 websites across Newsquest’s Midlands division because the county of Worcestershire extended well into the Black Country 100 years ago.

It can be viewed here.

An example of a website entry about one First World War soldier.