Staff used the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and other online resources including Find My Past and Ancestry (which are both available for free in Plymouth libraries) to research the lives of servicemen who had a link with Plympton.
The information gathered is being used to create displays paying tribute to each man on the anniversary of his death. It also being added to the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website, providing a permanent archive.
Library customers have been contributing to the displays with their own World War One memorabilia, which has included some interesting documents and objects, including a bayonet.
Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet member for Community Services and Transformation, said: “This project has been a labour of love for staff, who have enjoyed using the wide range of resources available in libraries to honour those from Plympton who lost their life in the First World War.”
Customer advisor Pippa Franklin said: “The stories of these men are very varied, including those serving as soldiers, marines and in the Navy. Some were very young men, just signed up and some were older, having already served for years before World War One started. We have received many positive comments about our displays and some members of the public saying that they are, or probably are, relatives of the soldiers featured.