These blogs are called IWW in 3 minutes because they are short, sometimes it is WW1 in 3 minutes. You are free to worry about this if you wish. I and Alfred E. Neuman have much the same attitude. You may worry, but it really is not going to change a thing.
What is this blog about? Oh War Memorials, they are everywhere and breeding. People get a bit het up about them. Some people do not understand what was so Great, about the Great War- it was very big folks, a great as in large.
I am grateful to W. C. Sellar, and R. J. Yeatman, for pointing out that all history came to an end in 1918. Sometimes this war does my head in.
War Memorials, there seems to be confusion over why there are more names on a Roll of Honour, than on the Memorial Roll, basically those on the Memorial Roll all died in the war. The Roll of honour is all those who went to war.
Why are there names missing from the War memorial? Depends on the War Memorial.
One memorial that I know of, Knowlton in Kent has 12 names on it. Every one of those men survived the war and came home. Knowlton has two claims to fame. It was Britain’s bravest village, and it is also a “Thankful Villiage” all the men who went to war returned. (There are no thankful villages in Scotland)
Unless you live in Knowlton that probably did not help you much. If you did live in Knowlton you should have known anyway. Hey I never said these blogs will be helpful in the first place.
So back to the War Memorial, a lot depends on the local committee, there were no national, one sizes fits all rules. Some places did not include the names of those shot for various crimes and offences. others excluded deserters. Some insisted that the person concerned should be commemorated on only one local memorial. Sometimes there was no relative left to put a name forward. There are cases where the person, usually a man, was just so nasty or awful, people did not wish to remember him.
One of my granddads who served on the Western Front, was by all accounts one of the nicest kindest man you could ever have met. Thirty years after his death people were still approaching me in the streets of Cupar Fife and telling me what a good and wonderful man he was. I was told not only do I look like him but I take after him too.
My other granddad was a nasty vicious drunken thug. I was told by people who know him, he was a nasty drunk before he went to war, unchanged and unmoved, he returned the same way. My Gran and her children my mum included spent much of the years after the war sleeping under hedgerows because he had spent all his wage on drink. At his funeral, there seemed to be hundreds. Everyone of us just wanted to see him buried not a tear was shed.
So remember, the locals put the names they wished on war memorials. The remembered who they wanted to remember. Don’t rewrite history by pretending all who went, or go to war are heroes. Some are, most were just ordinary guys like you and me, some deserve to be forgotten.