Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Blackmore: War Memorial Project (1)

Blackmore’s War Memorial is to have a facelift soon. It is to be cleaned and the faded names re-engraved, hopefully in commemoration of its own 90th anniversary. A small group of interested people are trying to establish an accurate transcript of those who died, and of those who survived, who are remembered on the obelisk which stands on the village green. Blackmore Area Local History has previously published a list of names (see http://blackmorehistory.blogspot.com/2008/10/blackmore-war-memorial.html) but this is now in the process of correction, where necessary.

Hot off the press is a first draft of the inscriptions of survivors who are engraved on the memorial together with their full names, addresses and other information. It is available to view on http://www.blackmorehistory.co.uk/blackmorewwonesurvivors.html. Records consulted include Electoral Registers for the years 1918 and 1920, the former of which is available to view on line through the Essex Record Office website (SEAX http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/) and was the year when many were enfranchised for the first time (ERO C/E 2/1/1). The Spring 1920 electoral roll (ERO C/E 2/1/3) is contemporary with the commissioning of the War Memorial.

If you are related to any of the people listed we would love to hear from you.

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