Archive for August, 2018

Name recorded on Board of Trade Memorial: H. A. Gunner
Born: August 1891
Date of Death: 7 October 1916 (promoted to Corporal on date he died)
Age at death: 25
Service, Regiment, Corps, etc: Royal Field Artillery
Unit, Ship, etc: “A” Battery, 282nd Brigade
Rank: Corporal (No 1126) (previously a Bombardier in the 3rd London Brigade of Royal Field Artillery)
Decorations: British War Medal and Victory Medal
War (and theatre): WW1 (France and Flanders)
Manner of Death: Killed in action
Family Details: Son of John Matthias Gunner and Elizabeth A Gunner, South Petherwyn, Launceston, Cornwall
Home Department: Board of Trade – Seaman’s Registry (he was one of 39 abstractors according to Board of Trade staff list in April 1913. His appointment was from 1 February 1913) and his salary was £55.
Civilian Rank: Abstractor
Cemetery or Memorial: Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme (X.Y.6), South Petherwyn War Memorial and Ham War Memorial and the Board of Trade War Memorial (now located at 3 Whitehall Place, London)


Part of the challenge of researching the names and lives of those men who died in World War One is trying to piece together a full picture of their lives. This can only be done by collaborating with other researchers, particularly if it is possible to identify educational background or places of origin. Bearing this in mind, school and local war memorials and those researching them are particularly useful resources and added background.

Harold Anson Gunner is remembered in four places – the Guards Cemetery in Lesboeufs, France, South Petherwyn War Memorial, the Ham War Memorial and lastly the Board of Trade War Memorial in London.

His name etched in these places, bears testimony to the varied threads of all our lives which often touch on many separate places.

To find more about Harold’s story, please read the blog post published on the “Ham Remembers” website (click on image link below):

Article about Harold Anson Gunner on Ham Remembers website

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On this day

104 years ago to this very day – on 4 August 1914 – Britain declared war on Germany in what was known as the Great War and is now more commonly known as World War One.

Today also marks 100 days until the end of the conflict on 11 November 1918.

In early November, the Board of Trade War Memorial Research group is planning a small exhibition about the war memorial and the 305 men named on it who gave the ultimate sacrifice of those lives.

The exhibition will take place in the Business  Lounge of 3 Whitehall Place – the current headquarters building of the Department for International Trade.

The intended exhibition is part of wider national commemorative events such as the Royal British Legion’s “Thank You” campaign – https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/thank-you and the There But Not There campaign – https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk.

saying-thank-you-to-the-wwi-generation-1-editThe exhibition is also part of the Board of Trade War Memorial Research Group’s ongoing work (both during the 100th commemorative year since the end of WW1 and into the future) to remember the lessons learnt from the conflict.

The research group has existed for around 15 years, in both the current Department for International Trade and also its predecessor departments including the Department for Business and Department for Trade and Industry. Throughout this time the group’s aims are to consistently remember, raise awareness and share stories about the war memorial and those named on it, as well as the wider history of the department. Whilst research is at the core of the group’s activities, so equally is communicating stories to both staff, relatives and the wider public. Over time the group has communicated in different ways – first through the DTI staff newsletter and dedicated department pages on the former DTI website and now more recently via this blog and @tradememorial Twitter feed

“We will remember them”





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