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Remembering the Commonwealth victims of the first world war

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Poppyscotland has launched a campaign urging Scots to remember those who died in the first world war

Veterans' charity Poppyscotland is calling for Scots to support an ambitious campaign to honour over one million men and women who died during the First World War.

Every Man Remembered is a UK-wide commemoration, which will take place over the next four years with the aim of keeping alive the memory of each and every one of the 1,117,077 servicemen and women from across the Commonwealth who died between 1914 and 1918.

The campaign is being run in collaboration with The Royal British Legion and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

Every Man Remembered is a unique tribute that will help the living as well as remember the fallen

A special website has been developed, linking to the official CWGC database, which contains records of those who died during the war.

Members of the public are invited to visit it to commemorate someone they have a connection to or find someone who has no-one to commemorate them.

People can remember an individual who fell, either by looking up a specific person such as a family member, or by using the search facility to be connected to a person based on name or location.

Information on the person they have chosen to remember can be viewed and they can make a personal dedication.

People in Scotland taking part in the tribute will have the opportunity to make a donation to support the important work of Poppyscotland.

Poppyscotland’s head of fundraising Colin Flinn said: “Poppyscotland was there in the aftermath of the First World War to help those injured and left destitute and we must be here now to help those still affected by war.

“Every Man Remembered is a unique tribute that will help the living as well as remember the fallen and it reinforces our commitment to supporting members of the armed forces community in Scotland today.

“We hope that over the next four years every single man and woman who died will be individually commemorated.”

Over 70,000 Poppyscotland supporters have been sent an invitation to commemorate a fallen Serviceman.

Catherine Paxton from Eyemouth is one of the first to take part. She is remembering Major John O’Hara Moore, who served in the Royal Engineers and was killed in December 1914, aged 37.

He is buried in Wimereux Cemetery in France. After finding out more about him on the website, Catherine was fascinated and is planning to visit his grave.

She said: “I was so moved by finding out about this soldier that I decided to pay tribute to him. I will remember him by placing a Remembrance Cross on his grave. It will be emotional but it’s important to remember all those who lost their lives.”

The campaign also incorporates Every Woman Remembered, dedicated to the 800 women in the records of the CWGC who died in the First World War.

 

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