"Let them not depart from your eyes.
in the midst of your heart."
(Proverbs 4: 21. World English Bible)
The Cross of Sacrifice pictured
above is a standard feature of all British Commonwealth War
Cemeteries throughout the world. It was designed shortly
after the 1914-1918 War. The images above were taken at Labuan
War Cemetery, North Borneo. The land on which the cemetery
stands is the gift of the people of that country for the
perpetual resting place of the sailors, soldiers and airmen
who are honoured there.
Prior to WW1 no nation had systematically
cared for its war dead
the ages only
the graves of the Great Commanders received any recognition.
During WW1 the Imperial War Graves Commission was created
as a permanent organisation to safeguard for all time the
remains of our gallant dead, wherever they might be.
As time passes, very few know
those who gave their lives. This is an attempt to show that
and women, on the St Michael's and North Merchiston memorials,
once lived their lives in the same houses, in the same streets,
as others do today.
Request for details: Our database went on-line in time for Remembrance
Day 2005 but research is always ongoing. We would
be extremely grateful if anyone can send us whatever little
information they may have on any of the names - street where
the person lived, regiment, or school attended - click the
contact button on menu bar to let the webmaster know. Sometimes
it only needs one small detail to allow us to confirm a name.
In the 1980's a member of a church in the Viewforth
area, Gordon Taylor, started researching the names on the
memorials of all churches in that area. The result of that
on the Viewforth
Church web site.
As a development of his significant interest
in military medals, Gordon had researched the
backgrounds of many of the holders of these medals. In parallel
with this, he had researched the backgrounds of many servicemen
who died in the major conflicts of the 20th century, so that
a human story could be attached to the names which appear
on the war memorials.
This research started twenty years ago and
was achieved by focusing on a small group or groups, and
one such group
comprised those whose names were found on the war memorials
of the three main churches (Viewforth, St David’s and
St Oswald’s) which existed in the locality of Gordon's
home in the Viewforth area of Edinburgh. Although two of
those church buildings have now closed, all the memorials
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
is the official reference source of Commonwealth military
personnel who died in conflict since the 20th century, although
only basic information is held in their database.
Our sincere thanks go to Gordon who kindly
offered to research the names on St Michael's & North
Merchiston memorials, together with biographical details
Should you be interested in purchasing the
information in the form of a booklet, we hope to have some
available for November 2006. Please contact the webmaster
or church office if you wish to order or have further details.