To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War we have put together a small display of documents from the end of the war. As the country rejoiced in November 1918 celebrations were tinged with sadness as people took stock of the great loss that had occurred over the last four and a half years. As the new year started councils across the country resolved to commemorate the men of their community who had lost their lives. In Dundee it was decided that a large stone memorial was appropriate. The site at the top of the Law (originally set aside for the Mills Observatory) was chosen. That way it would be visible from all over the city.
However, if you’ve ever been to the top of the Law you may have noticed that no names are on the memorial. During the course of the war, over 4000 Dundee men had fallen. It was decided that rather than put the names on the memorial a Roll of Honour would be produced. We hold a copy of the Roll of Honour and you can search the names of the men listed on the FDCA website.
The main Roll of Honour is not the only one we hold. Many schools, businesses, churches, clubs and other groups produced their own rolls. In many cases these accompanied memorials. A detailed roll of honour was produced by the Morgan Academy War Memorial Committee. The Memorial Book lists 118 former pupils and staff who died during the war. At the very least each man is listed with their address, regiment, any decorations and date of death. In many cases there is a photograph. The roll of honour has been indexed on the FDCA website. Many other local War Memorials have been transcribed on the FDCA website.
The Great War Dundee Project is aiming to record the memories of those who fell and served in the First World War. They have a searchable Roll of Honour that pulls together information from other sources and personal/family information. Why not take a look.
Our display also includes photographs of the first Armistice Day service held in City Square in 1933 and records relating to the 1919 Peace Celebrations on 20th July 1919. Anyone is welcome to pop in and view the display or ask us any questions about researching your WW1 ancestry. We are open Mon-Fri 9:30 – 4:30.