574 names are on the Stockwell Memorial in south London.
They include underage boys, family men, jack-the-lads, fraudsters, printers, prison officers, bank clerks, railwaymen. They were conscripts and volunteers, Christian and Jew, old and young. This new edition of These Were Our Sons, issued to mark the 101st anniversary of the building of the Memorial, tells their stories.
‘The shock of reading of the sheer numbers lost in our own neighbourhood, and the youth of so many of the fallen, makes me look at our war memorial with renewed humility and gratitude’
JOANNA LUMLEY, Stockwell resident