Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph
The aims of the Project
To digitally preserve images and create profiles on the individual Ipswich men and women who lost their lives in both World Wars and up to the present, giving a greater understanding to the sacrifice of so many.
Over 10,000 Ipswich men took part in the First World War with the loss of 1,481.
In the early 1920’s the Ipswich people hoped to raise £5,000 to build a lasting memorial to these brave men, giving the families the recognition for their sons, brothers and fathers sacrifice. Unveiled on 6th May 1924. In total they raised over £50,000 enabling the surplus funds to go to Ipswich Hospital who up to 1919 dealt with 7,777 casualties.
World War Two saw over 600 men and women lost from Ipswich.
Every year on Remembrance Sunday over 4000 people gather for the service remembering those lost in all wars.
The project with the help from these brave men’s families wish to remember their sacrifice with a lasting digital memorial which will have a global reach. Hundreds of never seen before images have been gathered so far. Some believed to be lost appearing a hundred years later kept as a keepsake by comrades in memory of their lost friends.
From 16 to 60 year olds, of all walks of life from doctors to gypsy, Ipswich Town footballers, and 1 shot at dawn. The WW1 document has reached over 3,000 pages.
With the opportunity to learn more about your ancestors. We hope to display the work at a series of exhibitions.
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