The Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour is a permanent tribute to local men and women who died during the First World War. Until now, no list of Nottinghamshire’s Great War dead has ever been compiled and many communities did not keep written records of 1914-18 losses. This project aims to correct historic injustices by finally paying homage to the fallen and creating a unique, centralised archive for researchers, historians and the general public.
The project has involved collaboration between eight groups of volunteer information gatherers, led by Dr David Nunn, and Nottinghamshire County Council which has funded the initiative and provided technical expertise.
The Roll of Honour is work still in progress. Currently online is an account of Nottinghamshire fatalities based on raw material gleaned from more than six hundred memorials constructed during the conflict’s immediate aftermath in village and town centres, chapels, churches, churchyards, parish halls, factories and other work places, schools and sports clubs.
War memorials contain only rudimentary information and, for various reasons, some Great War dead were omitted from memorials altogether. Therefore the next stage of the project will see individual stories expanded and brought to life through the addition of biographical detail, narrative, photographs and newspaper extracts as well as entries from diaries and letters.
Names at present unrecorded or missing will be added and in due course public contributions to Phase Two, likely to get underway in November, will be requested.
The Roll of Honour project is linked to Trent to Trenches – a series of events being organised across the county in 2014 to commemorate Nottinghamshire’s contribution to the Great War.
Access the The Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour via the link below.