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Read on for the story of our War Memorials Project.
Many civil servants have, in times of war, given distinguished service to their country, some on active service in the forces, others in vital work at home. This website is dedicated to the memory of over 300 staff from BIS predecessor departments who were killed in action or died in war. By recording their names here, together with personal details and photographs, we aim to keep alive the memory of the sacrifice. The project is unfinished, and we hope that visitors to this site will contribute more information about staff who fell in any conflicts, particularly in the Second World War.
The new war memorial plaque, unveiled in BIS headquarters at 1 Victoria Street, London SW1, on 11 November 2002, is a replacement for a Roll of Honour to staff of the Board of Trade who fell in the First World War. (The original has been missing for many years. A photograph of it has, however, survived and is reproduced on the top left-hand side of each page of this website.) The story of the missing memorial is told on the WW1 Project page.
This site is intended to supplement the new memorial, by displaying individual stories and photographs, and by stimulating other researchers to contribute additional information, particularly about any staff who fell in the Second World War, for which we have no authoritative list of Board of Trade staff who died. And while we do have official lists for 1914-1919, we have in most cases researched only very basic details about each man, so there is scope for others to find out more, particularly from the newly released Army Service Records at the Public Record Office. You can click on the links to see the results of the research which has been done so far.
If you have relevant information to contribute (for example, if you are a relative or former colleague of a member of staff who died in either war) or if you propose to consult the public records to look in more depth at any of the individuals listed on the website, please contact the BIS War Memorials Project by post or email. We have also included some brief Guidance and Links to further advice on how to start this kind of research.
We are particularly keen to receive photographs (for example of individuals, graves and memorials mentioned on this site) and any other relevant material which will help us to tell the individual stories. We would also like to know the whereabouts of any other war memorials listing staff from BIS predecessor departments. We propose to update the website with additional information as we receive it.
Many people have contributed to the BIS War Memorials Project and we are grateful to every one of them. Our particular thanks go to those relatives of staff who died with whom we have managed to make contact and who have very generously provided photographs and other material and given permission to publish them. We are also grateful to several retired staff, who have contributed valuable information about casualties in WW2, and to a number of people, present and former staff, members of the Western Front Association and the Gallipoli Association and others who have taken the trouble to locate and photograph, graves and memorials specifically for this website.
Sadly, Jill Knight, the founder of this project , died peacefully on 2 April 2005 after a nine-month battle with cancer.This is a brief personal memoir written by Michael Forsyth, which was published in the November 2005 issue of Firestep, the magazine of the London branch of the Western Front Association.
The War Memorials website displays material, photographs and other images which are owned by third parties and are their copyright. Please refer to the statements Crown copyright 2002 and Disclaimer on the main BIS website.
The main sources of material displayed on the War Memorials website are acknowledged in a separate List of Sources used in the War Memorials Project. Other sources are acknowledged on the page where the information is displayed. Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders of the material used. If anyone believes that they hold the copyright of material displayed on the memorial website, please send full details of the item (including the URL) to the BIS War Memorials Project, providing name, address and telephone contact details as well as an email address.
The virtual memorial was last updated on: 15 July 2009
Click on each image on at the bottom of this page to view larger version. These photos courtesy of DTI News and M Forsyth.
Click on the following link to see an article about the unveiling in our staff newspaper,Extract from December 2002 DTI News