Wonderful, rather moving map of Islington’s dead from WWI – ‘the streets they left behind’ #WW1

Islington Council has produced a touching digital memorial to the boroughs first world war dead in a map of the houses to which 9,400 people did not return.  Have a look – it’s rather poignant to see the name and description of someone who died who would have been your neighbour in some form 100 years ago.   It literally brings it home from the war memorial on Upper St.  There’s a good write up of it on the council website.

‘The STLB project draws upon the database created for the Islington Book of Remembrance, which accumulated the names for all casualties of conflict (military and civilian) from the 20th century up to the 1950s. This is where we are gathering memories about these people and media such as images of them and their families.

The STLB focuses just upon the First World War casualties and locates them on an interactive map by their last known address. The poppies which mark each man are scattered around the world, because we have collected information about all casualties with an Islington connection.’

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust and Tinder Foundation.
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One Response to Wonderful, rather moving map of Islington’s dead from WWI – ‘the streets they left behind’ #WW1

  1. An imaginative and very effective way of reminding today’s Londoners that WW1 wasn’t just “over there”. I began researching the backgrounds of thirteen men who are buried in my local cemetery as well as those mentioned on the local war memorial and it was a shock to see streets mentioned that I am familiar with today. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (http://www.cwgc.org/) is a good place to look for local burials or information about those commemorated on a war memorial. There is now a website set up by the Imperial War Museum in partnership with D.C.Thomson Family History called “Lives of the First World War” (https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/) where you can add information about those who took part. I live in the London Borough of Ealing which is home to refugees from many countries including Iraq and seeing the words “died of wounds (gas)” in the case of 23 year old Adam Dickson reminded me that we have a long way to go before we prevent mankind from repeating past mistakes.

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