Web is a very modern way to pay tribute to our war heroes

Cecil Smeathman PNL-141027-155209001
Cecil Smeathman PNL-141027-155209001

People are being asked to take part in a very modern way of remembering two brothers cut down during the First World War along with others who lost their lives to the bloody conflict.

Cecil Smeathman, 25, and Julian Smeathman, 26, of South Hill, Hemel Hempstead, both died on October 24 in separate battles.

As part of The Royal British Legion’s greatest ever act of remembrance, the leading Armed Forces charity is calling on people from the town to visit www.everymanremembered.org and write messages of remembrance to the brave brothers and other soldiers like them.

Head of Remembrance at the legion Dr Stephen Clarke said: “A century on from Lieutenants Cecil and Julian’s death, we’re urging people to visit the Every Man Remembered website and write a public thank you for Cecil and Julian and others who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.”

The Every Man Remembered website, supported by the Commonwealth Graves Commission and Ancestry.co.uk, includes a database of each and very one of the 1,117,007 men and women from the Commenwealth who died in the First World War.

“Through the site you can look up a family member, namesake, or search for someone from your town - the important thing is that not a single one of them is left without a message of remembrance for the role they played,” said Dr Clarke.

“The support The Royal British Legion provides is just as important for our Armed Forced today as it was when the charity was founded after the First World War.

“Every Man Remembered will help us make a real connection to those who died 100 years ago and support those who continue to serve.”

The Every Man Remembered database works by connecting people with fallen servicemen from the First World War, finding someone in their family, or who shares there name, age, workplace, birthday or hometown.

They can then leave a personal note in recognition of their sacrifice, and, if they make a donation to the legion they will receive a special commemorative certificate.

The campaign also incorporates Every Woman Remembered, which is dedicated to the 800 women in the records of the The Commonwealth War Graves Commission who died in the First World War.