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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.       www.diamondwarmemorial.com

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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