information about soldiers who fell, were awarded medals and more
is to be found in old copies of the London
Gazette. Here is a brief resume:
London Gazette, first published in 1665, is the oldest, continuously
published newspaper in the United Kingdom and probably the world.
The London Gazette and its sister publications, the Edinburgh and
Belfast Gazettes, have a unique position in British publishing.
They are official newspapers of the Crown. The London Gazette contains
a wide range of office notices including State, Parliamentary and
Ecclesiastical notices, Transport and Planning notices as well as
Corporate and Personal Insolvency notices to name a few. In addition,
a number of Supplements are published covering Honours and Awards,
Premium Bonds, Armed Forces Promotions and Re-gradings, Companies'
information, etc. and a Quarterly Index.
the 17th century, it was believed that National efficiency depended
on the intelligence received by the Crown and that the reckless
publishing of news might endanger it. An embargo on the printing
of news other than reports of events abroad, natural disasters,
Royal declarations and sensational crime continued until 1640. This
had the effect of delaying the development of the press in the UK.
Censorship was introduced in 1643, followed by licensing of news
publications. The Gazette came about because of two momentous events:
the Great Plague and the decision of King Charles II to remove his
court - effectively the government of the time - to Oxford. The
London Gazette started life as the Oxford Gazette and after a few
months changed to its current title.
and cemeteries maintained by the War Graves Commission for the
Western Front are described and pictured on the Internet. There
is also another site that describes
these memorials. Details of Kranji War Cemetery can be found
To gain an overview
of all the towns and parishes covered, and hopefully to be covered,
by this site there is an alphabetical
Some of the cap
badges are laid out, on a separate page.
Not all memorials
were to people; there are memorials to various types of animal that
served and fell in World War I for example, dogs.
memorials cover the period from World War 2 to present these include