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The Legion calls on Britain to remember every man and woman lost in WW1

28 July 2014

The Royal British Legion is launching its greatest ever act of Remembrance for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Every Man Remembered has brought together well known faces from the world of entertainment, business and the arts to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of the First World War.

The Every Man Remembered www.everymanremembered.org campaign, supported by Ancestry.co.uk, is asking the British public to pay tribute to each and every one of the 1,117,077 men and women from the Commonwealth who died in the First World War.

It is being launched with a series of portraits by celebrity photographer Rich Hardcastle. Lord Julian Fellowes, film star Tom Hardy, TV hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, TV historian Dan Snow, comedian Dom Joly, businesswoman Karren Brady, Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins and actor Hermione Norris have all been photographed holding pictures of fallen First World War Servicemen with whom they have a connection.

Karren Brady is pictured with Sgt Major Frank Cannon who played for West Ham
Karren Brady is pictured with Sgt Major Frank Cannon who played for West Ham.

It's a sobering thought that whole football clubs – first and reserve team players, boardroom and staff members, and even supporters – enlisted together during WW1. I wanted to take part in Every Man Remembered to remember Sgt Major Frank Cannon who played for West Ham and ended up making the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of WW1. I'd encourage everyone to help the Legion’s campaign to honour each of the 1,117,077 people who fell 100 years ago and support those who Serve today.
Karren Brady

Dr Stephen Clarke, Head of Remembrance at The Royal British Legion says:
"Every Man Remembered will be our greatest act of Remembrance during the First World War Centenary. We're asking the British public to commemorate every one of the 1,117,077 men and women who died, during the First World War through our huge online database. You can look up a family member, namesake, or make a random search – the important thing is that not a single one of them is left without a dedication and recognition of the role they played in providing the freedom we have today.

"The support The Royal British Legion provides is just as important for our Armed Forces 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."

Julian Fellowes remembers

Lord Julian Fellowes is pictured with his great-uncle Bertie Hamilton Stephenson.

The campaign, run with the support of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), aims to inspire the public to visit www.everymanremembered.org and either commemorate someone they have a connection to, or find someone who has no-one to commemorate them.
 
By entering their name and town, the Every Man Remembered database will connect people with fallen Service men or women from the First World War, finding someone in their family, or who shares their name, age, workplace, birthday or hometown. They can then commemorate them with a personal dedication and, if they make a donation to The Royal British Legion, they will receive a special commemorative certificate.

Every Man Remembered was inspired by a British Explorer Scout's visit to the CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. On returning home, she wrote to the Legion asking why some of the 1,117,077 people who died had dozens of poppies and crosses next to their graves, while others had none.

The campaign also incorporates Every Woman Remembered, dedicated to the 800 women in the records of the CWGC who died in the First World War.

Visit www.everymanremembered.org

Every Man Remembered website

Media contacts
Joseph Potts, Launch Group PR
T: 020 7758 3918 M: 07818 050 232 E: JosephP@launchpr.co.uk
Rachel Lindsay, Launch Group PR
T: 020 7758 3916 M: 07816 441 156 E: RachelL@launchpr.co.uk

Notes

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission(www.cwgc.org)
The Commission maintains the graves of the 1.7 million Commonwealth Service men and women who died during the two world wars. It also holds and updates an extensive and accessible records archive. The Commission operates in over 23,000 locations in 153 countries across all continents except for Antarctica.

Ancestry.co.uk
Ancestry.co.uk is proud to support The Royal British Legion and to be the sponsors of Every Man Remembered. Ancestry.co.uk offers a 14 day free trial to enable everyone to find their connection to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields of the First World War. To discover your own First World War ancestors, visit www.ancestry.co.uk/world-war-1 

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