Sleaford area people are being urged to add to their act of remembrance this Armistice Day by helping to ensure the names and memories of Lincolnshire’s fallen live on.
Thanks to money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund and the county council, the Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials project (#LincsRem) is calling on residents to input details of the county’s war dead – and the memorials honouring them – online.
This information will be stored forever in a web-based searchable database and interactive map, currently containing around 25,000 names and 3,000 memorials.
“Every name and memorial has a story behind it,” says war memorials officer Cath Pike. “The information people submit will help uncover these stories, putting faces to the names on memorials that we pass every day. This will shed light on the human tragedies behind war and the impact conflict has had on our local communities.
“I’d like to encourage everyone to take time during this period of remembrance to contribute to the database. Your support will help create a lasting legacy to Lincolnshire’s fallen.”
As well as holding the basic details of every Lincolnshire memorial, including location, conflict commemorated, inscriptions and state of repair, it is hoped the online archive will contain more personal details of those who lost their lives.
This could include when and where someone died, their regiment and service number, place of birth, where they were buried, photos, next of kin, obituaries and other specifics, all uncovered through research or added by the public.
Mrs Pike adds: “The database will be incredibly valuable not only as a resource for historians and those researching their family, but also to society as a whole. And I’m sure that knowing the information will last forever will be of some comfort to those who have lost a loved one to war.”
The Lincolnshire Remembrance database is available via www.lincstothepast.co.uk/warmemorials. To volunteer with the Lincolnshire Remembrance project, visit the website or contact Cath Pike at email@example.com or on 01522 554959.