2016 Update

The 2016 Display Of The Names

The 2016 display of the names of those killed in 1916 commenced on September 29, 2016 and concluded November 11th.  More than 597,889 names of soldiers who lost their lives from the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Australia, the Czech Republic, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia and the former British Indian Army appeared.

The displays ran for 10.5 hours each day and each name was programmed to appear at a precise day, hour and minute. The Search The Names function on this site has been updated to include the 1914 - 1916 names information.

All names were available for viewing on this website or at any one of The World Remembers display locations in any participating country.

If your organization wishes to participate in 2017 by displaying the names of those killed in 1917 at your location, please contact us.

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The Display of Names in 2015

The 2015 display of the names of those killed in 1915 commenced October 5th 2015 and concluded November 11th.  More than 516,000 names of soldiers who lost their lives from the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Australia, the Czech Republic, Italy, New Zealand, Slovenia and the former British Indian Army appeared.

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The 2014 Display

At sunrise November 11th 2014, the World Remembers completed the first of its five years of name-displays of those killed in WW1.

More than eighty schools, universities, libraries, museums and other organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom presented the 2014 names-display.

292,207 names of those killed in 1914 from the following nations were presented:

  • AUSTRALIA  - 74
  • CANADA  - 205
  • BRITISH INDIAN ARMY  - 7,380
  • UNITED KINGDOM  - 33,799
  • BELGIUM  - 18,669
  • CZECH REPUBLIC  - 34,633 
  • GERMANY  - 94,302
  • TURKEY  - 3,270
  • FRANCE  - 99,875

“Naming them here at City Hall and in schools and universities reminds us that each of the millions who lost their lives were individual human beings. For 99 years they have been honourably remembered as a collective – as ‘them’ – but on the 100th year it is time to remember them individually, even if that takes weeks and months to do. As an ancient combat airman, I think it is appropriate that all of the WWI dead be recognized in this way.  A century has passed and our world is a different place, so we can name all those killed in the 1914-1918 war with respect and without offence.”

- Major General Richard Rohmer, OC, CMM, DFC, KStJ, Chevalier of the Legion of Honor (France) made these comments at the official opening ceremony at Toronto City Hall

2014 Educational Materials

The World Remembers provided a gallery of WWI photos and educational materials to all participants in the project. In addition, together with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic and the Thunder Bay Symphony, we commissioned  ‘The Song Of The Poets’ a choral piece set to the words of war poets from the UK, Germany, France and Canada. This piece was made available to all organizations that participated in The World Remembers and was performed across Canada and in the United Kingdom.

A Message from the Producer R H Thomson click here