Adding faces and families to the names of the Fleming servicemen who died during the First World War.
– and to collect for safekeeping and sharing as many of their portraits as possible.
Servicemen who died during the First World War, are usually identified on their grave by name or initials, rank, service number, unit and often date of death. On memorials, they are listed by unit, rank and then last-name and initials.
I stand in front of them, paying my respects while wishing I knew more about them or at least tell one from the other.
What were their circumstances and who were the families mourning their loss? I hope these pages help you discover Fleming men to honour and remember.
A really important part of this project is to establish a permanent photo collection of the men here online – can you help?
I would love contact from anyone who finds a photo in newspapers, books or a family collection that might be added here. We could team up – photo and research.
The 628 Fleming, Flemming, Flemington and Le Fleming men in the Roll of Honour make up just 0.007% of all 8,528,831 servicemen killed and can be broken down:
543 Flemings (0.06%) of the British Empire total (908,372) died.
22 Flemings (0.02%) of the United States total (116,516) died.
an unknown number from the Other Allies* total of 4,117,744 died.
*(Russia, France, Italy, Japan, Romania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Montenegro)
63 Flemings killed, 0.004% of the Germany total 1,773,700
Other Central powers* total 1,612,500 Fleming Unknown
*(Austrian-Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria)
Sources: U.S. Department of Justice (pbs.org Great War Resources see webcache); The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (cwgc.org) and The Volksbund (volksbund.de)
The colour code used in the chart for each national Armed Force is repeated for Servicemen names in the Roll of Honour.
THE ROLL OF HONOUR
While official records don’t record loss counts for individual Commonwealth countries they have been established through the work of cwgc.org and National War Memorials. Any serviceman who died between 11 Nov 1918 and Mar 1921 from injuries received during the war was included in the official casualty figures.
Finding your way round: The Roll of Honour is the index to the soldier profiles. I found creating a single list quite whelming and wanted to keep it thus so apologies if this presents access issues for you. After recently visiting Arras Cemetery & Memorial, I’ve now grouped the profiles by place of burial/memorial so you can easily access them during or in preparation for a site visit.
You can also browse the cemeteries and memorials via the main menu or use the site search box.
MAPPING THEIR LOCATION
Each star for a cemetery or diamond for a memorial is precisely located and includes the names of the servicemen for that site. Clicking for a larger version of the map will provide a name-search option. If you’re planning to visit one of the sites, the Commonwealth War Graves Commimsion, the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Volksbund all give very detailed directions to each location. You’ll need the cemetery plan too from the above links as there are usually many hundreds of names to thousands at each location.