WWI - Smethwick Heritage Centre
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The concept of remembering names of  the fallen on a memorial was  something that largely came into being after the Second Boer War (1899—1902). Prior to this there are examples certainly, but nothing on a national scale. Memorials with names are  obviously more personal and make it easier to track the stories of those who gave their lives.

The concept

The aftermath of  the Boer War saw  relief in victory, and grief at the losses —reflected in fine memorials around Britain. This was  as nothing compared to the need for remembrance after the First World War. A huge number of   memorials were constructed in villages, towns, schools, factories, churches and even streets.

“Where Memories Remain”

Smethwick was no exception, and it is with great pride that we are embarking on a project to document our First World War memorials for posterity. ”Where  Memories Remain” has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund who have praised it’s innovative ideas for involving the local community.  Our first task is to document ALL of the memorials which Smethwick ever had—even if they are no longer there.

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When?

The project will run through 2017 and the end product will be a book and a travelling exhibition. We will also link those who served to the local population today – by their addresses and with local schools.

This page will see a growing list of memorials, transcriptions and images.

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