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First World War Hidden Histories  Project

The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a research project entitled ‘Hidden Histories - Researching the names on the War Memorial in Tower Hamlets Cemetery’.

The project is bringing together the Friends with the local community and Armed Forces families further afield, to research the stories of the 204 service personnel who lost their lives during War World One and are recorded on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission War Memorial located in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.


The research will be a lasting legacy for the centenary of the First World War and, with the help of new information panels within the Cemetery Park, an exhibition, website and the publication of a book, will explain to future generations the impact the Great War had on the local community and how it helped shape the world we live in today .


The men recorded on the War Memorial were sons, brothers and fathers - a lost generation who with the passing of time were in danger of becoming historically lifeless. This project is a chance for them to be remembered as more than just a name.

Find out more about the work so far, and contribute your memories at the Hidden Histories Project website.

This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund