Lest we forget
November 2018 sees the centenary of the end of the Great War (1914-1918). This significant milestone in our country’s history will be commemorated in a series of national events and activities across the country.
In BT we wanted to make a contribution to reflect in some small way the ultimate sacrifice made by past colleagues who gave their lives, not only in 1914-1918, but also in the subsequent conflict 1939 – 1945.
As an initial step BT Facilities Services identified where War Memorials were located in BT buildings. Working with BT Archives, a project team went on to research the names of those who lost their lives to create, first of all, a searchable database of our fallen colleagues that all would be able to view on BT’s website. We used Archive records held by BT itself, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and genealogy organisations to build the story of as many individuals as possible from each of the memorials. The aim was to create a connection between the past and today to commemorate our past employees, more than simply a list of names. These were real people whose lives were cut short before they were fully lived.
The next stage is for the database to include all the fallen who worked for the Post Office Engineering Department, and ultimately all 8,858 General Post Office workers who lost their lives from over 75,000 employees who joined the armed forces in the First World War, 1914-1918 and the 3,972 GPO people who were killed in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
As a future action we are also committed to supporting the Royal British Legion Project “Every One Remembered”.