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BIS war memorial


Many civil servants have, in times of war, given distinguished service to their country. Some were on active service in the forces, others in vital work at home. The BIS war memorials webpages are dedicated to the memory of over 300 staff from BIS predecessor departments who were killed in action or died in war. By recording their names, together with personal details and photographs, we aim to keep alive the memory of the sacrifice.

The BIS war memorials pages are now available from The National Archives website:

BIS war memorials homepage

Note that these pages are no longer being updated.


Departmental war memorial

The war memorial plaque was unveiled in BIS headquarters at 1 Victoria Street, London SW1, on 11 November 2002. This extract from December 2002 DTI News provides an article about the unveiling in the internal staff newspaper.

It replaced a missing Roll of Honour to staff of the Board of Trade who fell in the First World War. The story of the missing memorial is told on the World War I project page.

The BIS war memorials homepage is intended to supplement the new memorial, by displaying individual stories and photographs. However there is no authoritative list of Board of Trade staff who fell in the Second World War, and while we do have official lists for 1914-1919, we have in most cases researched only very basic details about each man.

Acknowledgements

Many people have contributed to the BIS War Memorials Project and we are grateful to each of them. Our particular thanks go to those relatives of staff who died with whom we have managed to make contact and who have very generously provided photographs and other material and given permission to publish them. We are grateful to several retired staff, who have contributed valuable information about casualties in WW2. We are also thankful to present and former staff, members of the Western Front Association and the Gallipoli Association and others who have taken the trouble to locate and photograph graves and memorials specifically for this website.

Jill Knight, the founder of this project, died on 2 April 2005. Michael Forsyth wrote brief personal memoir of Jill Knight which was published in the November 2005 issue of Firestep, the magazine of the London branch of the Western Front Association.

Copyright and disclaimer

The War Memorials website displays material, photographs and other images which are owned by third parties and are their copyright. Please refer to the statements Crown copyright 2002 and Disclaimer on the main BIS website.

The main sources of material displayed on the war memorials website are acknowledged in a separate list of Sources. Other sources are acknowledged on the page where the information is displayed. Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders of the material used. If anyone believes that they hold the copyright of material displayed on the memorial website, please send full details of the item (including the URL) to the BIS War Memorials Project, providing name, address, telephone contact details and an email address.

The virtual memorial was last updated on 15 July 2009, and is no longer being updated.

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11 November 2013 BIS Wreath Laying Ceremony

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Welcome to the BIS War Memorial WordPress Blog.

This site will be updated on a regular basis but before that I want to copy in the original site that is hidden away in the National Archives. This is a living site commemorating the sacrifice of BIS (and it’s predecessors) employees and their families and relatives. It should never be forgotten and left to languish in a “dead” site.

This is the introductory page. I have added another from the National Archives which is named BIS War Memorial Project (Historic) which links into the background to the Memorial and records the names of staff who gave their lives in WW1 and WW2.

BIS War Memorials

Keeping memoryBoard of Trade Logo

Read on for the story of our War Memorials Project.

Many civil servants have, in times of war, given distinguished service to their country, some on active service in the forces, others in vital work at home. This website is dedicated to the memory of over 300 staff from BIS predecessor departments who were killed in action or died in war. By recording their names here, together with personal details and photographs, we aim to keep alive the memory of the sacrifice. The project is unfinished, and we hope that visitors to this site will contribute more information about staff who fell in any conflicts, particularly in the Second World War.

The new war memorial plaque, unveiled in BIS headquarters at 1 Victoria Street, London SW1, on 11 November 2002, is a replacement for a Roll of Honour to staff of the Board of Trade who fell in the First World War. (The original has been missing for many years. A photograph of it has, however, survived and is reproduced on the top left-hand side of each page of this website.) The story of the missing memorial is told on the WW1 Project page.

This site is intended to supplement the new memorial, by displaying individual stories and photographs, and by stimulating other researchers to contribute additional information, particularly about any staff who fell in the Second World War, for which we have no authoritative list of Board of Trade staff who died. And while we do have official lists for 1914-1919, we have in most cases researched only very basic details about each man, so there is scope for others to find out more, particularly from the newly released Army Service Records at the Public Record Office. You can click on the links to see the results of the research which has been done so far.

If you have relevant information to contribute (for example, if you are a relative or former colleague of a member of staff who died in either war) or if you propose to consult the public records to look in more depth at any of the individuals listed on the website, please contact the BIS War Memorials Project by post or email. We have also included some brief Guidance and Links to further advice on how to start this kind of research.

We are particularly keen to receive photographs (for example of individuals, graves and memorials mentioned on this site) and any other relevant material which will help us to tell the individual stories. We would also like to know the whereabouts of any other war memorials listing staff from BIS predecessor departments. We propose to update the website with additional information as we receive it.

Acknowledgements

Many people have contributed to the BIS War Memorials Project and we are grateful to every one of them. Our particular thanks go to those relatives of staff who died with whom we have managed to make contact and who have very generously provided photographs and other material and given permission to publish them. We are also grateful to several retired staff, who have contributed valuable information about casualties in WW2, and to a number of people, present and former staff, members of the Western Front Association and the Gallipoli Association and others who have taken the trouble to locate and photograph, graves and memorials specifically for this website.

Sadly, Jill Knight, the founder of this project , died peacefully on 2 April 2005 after a nine-month battle with cancer.

This is a brief personal memoir written by Michael Forsyth, which was published in the November 2005 issue of Firestep, the magazine of the London branch of the Western Front Association.

Copyright and disclaimer

The War Memorials website displays material, photographs and other images which are owned by third parties and are their copyright. Please refer to the statements Crown copyright 2002 and Disclaimer on the main BIS website.

The main sources of material displayed on the War Memorials website are acknowledged in a separate List of Sources used in the War Memorials Project. Other sources are acknowledged on the page where the information is displayed. Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders of the material used. If anyone believes that they hold the copyright of material displayed on the memorial website, please send full details of the item (including the URL) to the BIS War Memorials Project, providing name, address and telephone contact details as well as an email address.

The virtual memorial was last updated on: 15 July 2009

Unveiling of DTI’s new war memorial plaque, 11 November 2002

Click on each image on at the bottom of this page to view larger version. These photos courtesy of DTI News and M Forsyth.

Click on the following link to see an article about the unveiling in our staff newspaper,

Extract from December 2002 DTI News

DTI War Memorial Patricia Hewitt 1
DTI War Memorial Bugler
DTI War Memorial Patricia Hewitt 2
DTI War Memorial Flag

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