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War memorial at the Diamond
The centre of the walled
city the Diamond was once occupied by the Town Hall but since 1927
it has been the site of the War Memorial. The bronze statues and
Portland stone which stand 40ft high and 27ft wide are in memory of
those from Derry who fought and lost their lives during World War 1
1914-1918. Each year the November Poppy Day Parade commemorates the
war heroes and the memory of all who last their lives.
Diamond War Memorial Project
The Diamond War Memorial Project, which commenced on 12th February 2007,
is based in Holywell Trust, 10-12, Bishop St., Derry / Londonderry and is
supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund. The coordinator of the Project is
teacher and community facilitator, Mary McElhinney and the researcher is
renowned local historian, Trevor Temple.
The aims of the Project are to investigate the stories of the lives and
deaths of the many people, from the Derry/Londonderry area, who died as
result of World War 1 (1914-1918) and also to pass on all this information
to as many people as possible throughout the world.
Although 756 names, of Nationalists as well as Unionists, are on the
plinths at the Diamond War Memorial in the city centre, Trevor has
discovered approximately 400 more names which have been overlooked. In the
projectís initial publication, The Diamond War Memorial Commemorative
Diary (2008), which commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the ending of The
Great War (11.11.1918), the names of almost 1200 soldiers are documented.
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