Commemorating the First World War

Last Issue's Streatham Soapbox feature on the loss of the Streatham Roll of honour, which lists the 730 men of Streatham who gave their lives in the First World War, was a timely reminder of the debt we owe these brave men. Fortunately their names are not forgotten for I have a list of those featured on the roll.

Meanwhile, two fellow members of the Streatham Society, Colin Crocker and Andrew Hadden, have been undertaking detailed research into those former inhabitants of our town who died in, or from wounds received during, the Great War. To date they have compiled a list of over a thousand men with Streatham connections, far in excess of the number listed in the original Book of Remembrance.

As one of the projects the Streatham Society is undertaking to commemorate the centenary of the First World War is the compilation of a new Roll of Honour based on this research which may also take the form of a specially dedicated website to honour the fallen.

Anyone wishing to have the names of their relatives included on this new Roll of Honour should contact me via the message board on the Streatham Society website.

JOHN W BROWN

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