The War Memorial
In 1919 the Mayor of the city, Sir Robert Anderson, JP, set up the War Memorial Fund. This fund was devoted to the creation of a memorial to commemorate the lives of the soldiers from the city who fought and died during the First World War.
The Memorial was erected in 1927 and stands in the Diamond. It consists of a central column surmounted by a graceful figure of Peace, holding aloft the laurel wreath of Victory. The central column is flanked by lower columns - one contains a soldier in the act of taking a trench and a sailor on the deck of a ship. Four panels contain the names of those who died. The designer of the Memorial was a Vernon March of Kent, England.
'Names of the Fallen' from the Derry~Londonderry War Memorial
We can find out more about the soldiers named on the War Memorial from the War Memorial Register records. Forms were sent out by the Secretary of the City of Derry War Memorial Committee to the next of kin of the fallen soldiers.
The forms were sent out to the family to confirm or amend the information. The forms were then returned to the Committee prior to the names being included on the War Memorial itself. The forms contain the following information about each soldier:
- Christian or Forenames (in full)
- Regimental Number
- Military Honours
- Particulars of Company, Battery, etc., and, in case of Naval Units, the name of the Ship
- Nature of death (if desired and if particulars are available)
- Date of death
- Native place of deceased (if not a native of Londonderry state connection with City)
- Any other particulars in reference to Soldier (if desired)
- Signature of next of kin
- Relationship of next of kin
- Address of next of next of kin
View the War Memorial Records
These records form four volumes of the 'Names of the Fallen'. The volumes have been digitised and are available to view.
The information is ordered alphabetically by surname of soldier. The original, physical volumes are held by Derry City and Strabane District Council Archive and Genealogy Service.
To investigate the War Memorial Records further, and to view the digital images, select a link from the list of volumes below.