As well as highlighting the existence of the Forgotten Wrecks, the project is aiming to commemorate the myriad of ordinary people linked to the ships lost off the south coast during the Great War.
This included people of all nationalities, merchant seamen, fishermen, service personnel, civilian passengers, patients and nurses. Each day of the conflict, people like all of us worked, served and sometimes died along the south coast. The Forgotten Wrecks project will help us recognise and appreciate how their ordinary lives were impacted by the extraordinary circumstance of the First World War. By discovering and telling their stories, we will remember them.
Working with the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War (LoFWW) digital memorial, the Forgotten Wrecks project has created ‘communities’ of individuals who were on some of the Forgotten Wrecks when they were lost. These ‘communities’ take on lives of their own as people from all over the world can add detail and photographs to the Life Story pages of the individuals in the communities.
During the project a number of people contacted the MAT with photographs of relatives lost on south coast wrecks. Where possible and with the permission of the families, these have been added to the individual’s Life Story page on the digital memorial.