Forgotten Names Recalled: The Singapore Cenotaph Project

09/09/14

After giving myself a break from the Cenotaph Project for a few weeks, with intermittent bursts of activity to satisfy certain requirements, I came back to work today.

First thing I thought of was dates. I've noticed that other WW1 centenary projects and the Great War Forum commemorate the days on which a man or woman died. Today, 9 September, is the day that Leslie Irvine Lumsden Thornton died 99 years ago in 1915 at the age of 26. His photograph is now on the Twitter feed on our homepage.

In order to provide myself with a list by month of the casualties I used Excel, putting the dates in month, day and year, then sorted the list so that they came out by month and day. Interesting results.
 
  • January 3
  • February 6
  • March 9 of which 7 died in 1918 during the German Spring Offensive
  • April 7
  • May 8
  • June 13
  • July 11 of which  9 in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, 6 of those on 1 July
  • August 15
  • September 17  of which 5 on 25/26 1915 during the Battle of Loos
  • October 15
  • November 5
  • December 2 both in 1914

It seems clear that winter was not a season for battles. The figure for March is extraordinary because apart from 1918, only one other soldier died in battle, in 1917. The last to die was in March was in 1919 of pneumonia, probably the Spanish flu.

July is also rather odd because apart from two, all died in 1916. I've no idea if these trends reflect the general statistics for the war. There is nothing in particular about the high figure in October except perhaps an extra push before winter set in

Statistics of a less sinister type: a hit counter has been added to the blog page. For some reason it seems important to the Heritage Board that the number of hits are reported by January 2015. Keep visiting please!
 
Rosemary Lim