As I've remarked before - every so often I decide to unsubscribe from this list, then something else interesting comes up.

Some of these memorials don't even have information notices (the one in the village I grew up in, for instance). Where there is sufficient information for one, might the WMF/projects/WMUK/whoever collaborate with local authorities - supplying info, images etc for an information board, which could in turn point people in the direction of further resources?

(Disclaimer: I haven't thought that through. I'm thinking aloud.)

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Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] [GLAM] Soldiers' letters
From: Brian McNeil <>
Date: Wed, October 26, 2011 10:37 pm

On Wed, 2011-10-26 at 17:55 +0100, Tom Morris wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 22:55, Brian McNeil <> wrote:
> > A QR code could be placed at a relevant war memorial,
> Is that such a good idea?
> I like QR codes as much as the next person, but sticking them on war
> memorials may probing the limits of taste in Wikimedia outreach.

Believe it or not, that's why I was careful to say *at*, as-opposed to
*on*. I know I've a reputation for being crass, insensitive, and
bloody-minded; but, "vandalising" war memorials is something I'd not
contemplate. :P

I'm glad to see others chime in regarding the potential for certain
memorials being non-notable, or having insufficient reliable sources to
get beyond stub status. The point here is not to drive traffic to
Wikipedia, but to allow people to quickly access very personal

Even just doing everyone listed on a single monument will be notable
enough to garner press coverage. From that, it will - hopefully - be
possible to encourage other non-wiki people to get involved and carry
out the same work for their local memorials.

I've no idea how far this should be pushed, or how far it might go if it
gains traction. The fallen of WW-I were not repatriated; I lived in
Flanders for over ten years, I've seen the rows, and rows of white
crosses in war cemeteries over there. I know a very large number of
people visit these sites every year. If anyone can suggest a way to
tastefully cross-link memorials in the UK listing those who died with
the actual graves, that would seem the next logical step here.

Brian McNeil.
-- - Accredited Reporter.
Facts don't cease to be facts, but news ceases to be news.

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