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The People of the Forgotten Wrecks

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. 

The Forgotten Wrecks project is contributing to the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War (LoFWW) initiative to embed the results of some of the project’s relevant research into the permanent digital memorial so it will be accessible to all in the future, beyond the life of the Forgotten Wrecks project. 

With the help of project volunteers, research by Dave Wendes and LoFWW volunteer Richard Dickens, we have been able to create digital memorials to those that were on some of the Forgotten Wrecks when they sank: 

About HMS Formidable 

HMS Formidable Commuity on LofFWW  

About SS War Knight

SS War Knight Community on LoFWW 

About MFA Eleanor

MFA Eleanor Community on LoFWW 

About SS South Western

SS South Western Community on LoFWW 

Airship SSZ15, lost off Exmouth on 13th April 1918

Airship SSZ15 Community on LoFWW


Can you help?

We need help to create Communities as digital memorials to those associated with the Forgotten Wrecks off the south coast of the UK. This is something that can be done remotely with an internet connection, so if you are able to help, please contact us.