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Roll of Honour launch date: 9th November 2013

This section of the Herts at War website will form the home for our countywide Roll of Honour. With a combined total of over 700 memorials throughout Hertfordshire relating to the county in WW1, the Roll of Honour team aim to research and publish the story of every single serviceman who made the ultimate sacrifice and who called Hertfordshire home. 

This section of the site will be broken down into individual county locations and then further hold personnel files on all servicemen who fell from that location. The ultimate aim of the Roll of Honour is to compile a detailed historical record of each person's pre war life and military service, uncovering thousands of forgotten stories and preserving them for future generations in the process. If you would like to be involved in researchinng the men and women from you local town then why not send us an e-mail: info@hertsatwar.co.uk

The county of Hertfordshire boasts a rich and diverse history as far back as the 10th Century when the towns and villages of Hertfordshire gained wealth from supplying the ever-expanding city of London which is situated on its southern border. 

The county itself has also grown considerably in population over recent centuries, having a population of 203,000 in 1881 and some 1.1 million residents today. At the time of the First World War Hertfordshire was home to approximately 330,000, most of whom resided in the larger towns in the county such as St Albans, Hertford and Watford. The impact of The Great War on every one of the 86 Counties in the UK was tremendous; shaking the very foundations of everyday life to its core. Hertfordshire was certainly no exception. Not only did thousands of men and women from Herts make the ultimate sacrifice in every theatre of the global conflict, but the war also came to these shores, with many Zeppelin Raids causing casualties on the Home Front. 

When it comes to the military aspect of the county's sacrifice, the fact of the matter is that 4 out of 5 men who served in The Great War came home, many carrying untold psychological damage that even today we cannot comprehend, although of course there were thousands of Hertfordshire's young men who did not return.

Every single town and village listed here lost men in The Great War, some only a few, some losing literally hundreds of its residents. The Herts at War Project aims to re-tell the story of every single serviceman who lost their life as a result of service in the war of 1914-1918. The scale and scope of this undertaking is enormous, something that has never been attempted in such depth on a county-wide basis. As a community we hope to achieve this goal, forming a lasting legacy of remembrance for the thousands named on these town pages. With a dedicated group of ever-expanding volunteers and contributions from relatives and members of the public, we will bring back to life these forgotten stories of men and women who lived on our streets and went to our schools and for whom Hertfordshire was just as much home as it is for us today.
From August 2013 onwards the Herts at War team would like to invite members of each of the communities named here to become involved in researching their own area's local heroes. By retracing the lives of these men from their birth to their ultimate fate we can create a true community legacy that will act as a flagship for remembrance, not just in Hertfordshire but throughout the entire United Kingdom. If you would like to be involved in telling the wartime story of your local soldiers then you can contact us at info@hertsatwar.co.uk 

In the longer term, the Herts at War Project will expand this section of the site to concentrate on telling the stories of those who returned from the conflict that they called The Great War. Over two million men were wounded in action during WW1, many of them returned to service and ultimately survived the conflict, some were so badly wounded that they could not rejoin the armed forces, and many more suffered injuries that were not physically obvious but were equally debilitating. The Herts at War Project would like to acknowledge those who returned and had the incredibly difficult task of returning to normal civilian life, many never managing it at all. These 'casualties' often overlooked by mainstream history, played a key part in shaping the county of Hertfordshire post-war and will be remembered here in these pages throughout the life of the project. 

We would stress that the Herts at War Project is a community project, intended to involve and engage as wide an audience as possible in the cause of remembrance, and our volunteers and contributors are key to the success of the project. If you would like to be involved why not let us know through the
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