Hidden Histories War Memorial WW1 Project

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The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park are on a mission to discover more about First World War Casualties who are buried or commemorated in Tower Hamlets Cemetery (formerly known as Bow Cemetery). We want to reveal previously untold stories that emerge from people’s family albums, diaries and other memorabilia. ‘If we don’t do this now the people who are able to help us will no longer be with us and their memories and stories will be lost forever.’

Tower Hamlets was heavily bombed during the First World War. Were your ancestors killed or injured by the Zeppelin raids? Did your ancestors die in the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918? It is thought to have killed from 30 to 100 million people worldwide. About 228,000 British citizens died, and as if the younger generation had not sacrificed and suffered enough, a virulent form of Spanish flu killed a disproportionate number of people in their 20s and 30s.

Is a member of your family commemorated on the War Memorial  and is someone buried elsewhere and commemorated on a private memorial stone in the Cemetery?

If you have any information or memorabilia you would like to share or allow the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park to copy, please contact us at heritage@fothcp.org

To learn more about the individual servicemen commemorated on the War Memorial click here

To visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, click on the poppypoppy-1