The Singapore Cenotaph Project
This project ran from 2013 to 2019.
The purpose of the project was to include Singapore in the worldwide centennial commemorations of the Great War through research on the 124 names listed on the Straits Settlements War Memorial.
The Project was supported by the National Heritage Board of Singapore.
It was a participant in the First World War Centenary, led by the Imperial War Museum, and contributed significant information to the IWM's Lives of the First World War (see Lives below).
Forgotten Names Recalled: Stories from the Singapore Cenotaph was published in August 2014, an important outreach part of the Project. The book is available at no charge except for postage and packing (see Book below).
Because of the prolific amount of books, documentaries, magazines and more whose sole purpose is the in-depth examination of the First World War, the Singapore Cenotaph Project and the resultant book did not seek to emulate these sources.
For these reasons the Project purposely focused on small history and insignificant people in the context of their lives and times without judgement or commentary beyond what is relative to everyday events.
In 2014 the Who Do You Think You Are? exhibition held in London focused on the First World War.
During the event the Imperial War Museum launched its digital commemorative project, Lives of the First World War, requesting volunteers sign up and add to the memorial.
The original plan, to create only the Singapore Cenotaph community, expanded to the creation of 57 communities and entries for 1,619 lives.
The IWM site is where you can 'discover, explore and remember millions or personal stories from the First World War.'
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