Finding Your Heroes
Stanley Merridew, Features Writer
I have been involved in family history for many years and realised many families are unaware of where their family members who died or served in the Armed Services during many conflicts are recorded.
Around two years ago I started recording War Memorials and Rolls of Honour. Initially this was a project I started on behalf of the Wharfedale Family History Group. However having more or less completed the memorials within the area the group decided to continue further afield and have now covered over five hundred war memorials in public spaces, churches, chapels, village halls, sports clubs etc.
At present all the details are shown on the Wharfedale Family History Group website, www.wharfedalefhg.org.uk and I am also a volunteer for the Imperial War Museum and all the memorials will be added to their site.
There are many other sources for War Memorials on the internet which are useful particularly for those whose family are recorded outside of my project.
The Imperial War Museum
This site is probably the largest with an army of volunteers around the country. They show the location of the memorial and sometimes but not always include a record of the names. Those who served are also usually included.
Craven’s Part in the Great War
Covering the Deanery of Craven which includes a large part of the WFHG area, this is a superb site if you are only looking for those who died in the Great War with details of every soldier who was included in the original publication of the same name published in the 1920s. The photographs are excellent and can be magnified to read the names. Plus the database on the site gives much more detail.
Another excellent site with many photographs of war graves and memorials plus a roll of honour database. To gain full access you do need a subscription.
A site every family historian should use. Not the easiest to navigate, but that maybe just me. Select the county then the parish and scroll down to memorial inscriptions and you will find excellent photographs and many lists of names for rolls of honour.
Wharfedale Family History Group
www.wharfedalefhg.org.uk contains all the memorials the group has recorded. It includes those who served and those who died from all wars.
The searcher can search by memorial or by name. Go to the website and hover your curser over “Places in Wharfedale Name Index”, you then enter the surname and all the entries for a given surname will appear showing the memorial where they are listed. You can then select “War Memorials” to view the particular memorial. By also viewing “War Memorial Locations” you can see the nearby war memorials on a map.
Stanley can be contacted via email: President@wharfedalefhg.org.uk
Finding Your Heroes, 30th September 2018, 17:31 PM