We want to discover more about our residents who were involved – not just those who died but also those who served and survived.
William John Clark was born in Hoxton in 1904, moving to the Roscoe Street estate at an early age. His daughter kindly gave us permission to publish some of his diary.
"The first Sunday in every month was the schools church parade day. Dads were away on war duties so mums gathered to march alongside their lads and lasses.
Keep the Home Fires Burning and Pack up Your Troubles were some of the tunes being played. Mums were thrilled but with tears in their eyes with the memories of those already marched away to war and never to return.
The so-called short war now appeared to be endless. It seemed that the war could now last long enough to mutilate, cripple and disable these youngsters. Nearing the church bugle calls renewed the mums' vigour and determination to push on with their part of winning the war as soon as possible.
The band turned into the church yard, halting at the doors allowing the rest of the children to march passed into the church. By now the band was playing the last notes of Onward Christian Soldiers before going inside for the church service."
We want your stories, whether they’re about men from your estate who fought in the conflict, or members of your own family who were involved, even if they were not living on a Peabody estate at the time.
We’d also like to hear about the contributions of civilians, for example those who worked in munitions factories, or women who took jobs traditionally done by men.
This section commemorates World War One, and its impact on our residents and communities.
Our records show that by 1916 there were 2,637 Peabody residents serving with the armed forces. We believe 350–400 died on active service.