A Time to Remember

When you go home tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow we gave our today.

As part of the annual Remembrance programme, Merton Heritage Service is launching this new set of resources to honour the borough's war dead and pay tribute to servicemen and women in Merton and across the UK. Thousands sacrificed their lives to protect others, many more have sustained physical injuries and suffer ongoing mental trauma as a result of their wartime experiences. We should never forget their courage and the debt of gratitude owed to them.

During Remembrance Week please support the Poppy Appeal and pause to remember those who have sacrificed so much.


The following resources are part of a growing range of history pages on the Merton Memories website. They include online displays, archive film, poetry, music, reminiscence material, research guides, puzzles, children’s resources and useful websites, including links to military charities and support groups.

Share Your Memories:

You can also download our Poppy tribute page. Add your memories, or tributes to family or friends in the Armed Forces, email them to: local.studies@merton.gov.uk and we will add them to our website.

Online Displays:

Click on the links below to view displays on the theme of Remembrance, military history and Merton's wartime heritage.

Remembrance poppies

The Story of the Poppy

100 Years of Combat Stress ( Pt 1 )

100 Years of Combat Stress ( Pt 2 )

Combat Stress in Merton ( WW1 )

Wimbledon During World War 1:

Military Matters   190th Brigade

Wimbledon Camp

Local VCs    George Cates VC

Air Raids       Food Resources

Women's War Work

Hospitals & Health    Charities

Refugees  War Poets 1  War Poets 2

 Mitcham War Memorial

Local War Dead ( WW1 )

First World War Profiles (Merton)

Mitcham First World War Casualties

Unsung Heroes ( Black History )

Monument to Courage 

(St.Lawrence Lychgate Memorial)

Combatants 1

Combatants 2

Combatants 3

Combatants 4

Combatants 5

Combatants 6

Combatants 7

Combatants 8

Combatants 9

Combatants 10

Combatants 11

Combatants 12

Battle of Britain pilots

Battle of Britain


Bomb damage, Richmond Avenue

World War II (Merton & Europe) 


Chindit forces in Burma

World War II ( Far East )

Caribbean Servicemen


Words and Pictures:

Click on the links below to view archive film, family war stories, music, poetry and information on Remembrance Day.

Poppy factory, Richmond

Why do people wear a poppy?

Animated History of the Poppy

The Poppy Factory

Remembrance Day Poppies 1939

Why do We Remember?

Thank You Commonwealth


Armistice Day London, 1918

Armistice Day 1918 

Remembrance : The End of WW1 

Armistice Day 1945

Festival of Remembrance 1945

Remembrance Sunday 1946

Field of Remembrance 1958

Lest We Forget


Hazeley Down Camp, WW1

Merton Family War Stories (WW1)

Soldiers Thoughts

Combat Stress 100 ( film )





Paschendaele, WW1

Today When the Guns Fall Silent

Anthem for Doomed Youth

In Flanders Fields

Remember to Remember ( poem )

The Soldier ( poem )


D Day landings, WW2

Remembrance ( Strictly Come Dancing tribute )

Remembrance Day ( Music )

The Shores of Normandy




The Last Post 

O Valiant Hearts

I Vow to Thee My Country

The Last Post

Rethink Remembrance 

Every Poppy Counts



Military Charities:

There are now a range of charities offering support to veterans and their families. If you, or someone you know needs help please click on the links below for more information.

Valentine Tank, World War II

Battle of the Falkland Islands

Polish airmen, World War II


Local Branches

Haig Housing

Royal Homes, Wimbledon

Veterans Voices





BLESMA ( Limbless Veterans )

Blind Veterans UK

Burma Star Association

Combat Stress

Help for Heroes

Royal British Legion


RAF Benevolent Fund

Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust


UK Armed Forces Charities

Walking with the Wounded


Research Guides & Useful Websites:

If you are interested in military history or want to trace the service record of a friend of family member, click on the links below for information, advice and research tips.

Family group WW1

Fenwick family, 1940s

Flight Sergeant James Hyde, 1940s

Researching World War 1 Ancestors

Researching World War 2 Ancestors

Local War Memorials Survey

Merton Roll of Sacrifice (WW1)

Merton Roll of Service (WW1)

War Memorials Survey (Whitehead)



Carved in Stone ( Merton in WW1 )

Surrey in the Great War

BBC Family History (Military)

Gurkha Brigade Association

London in the Second World War

Military Records (National Archives)

Polish Airmen's Association


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Imperial War Museum

National Army Museum

National Museum of the Royal Navy




Test Your Knowledge:

Remembrance Day Parade, Mitcham 1951

Remembrance Quiz

Remembrance Quiz Answers

Memorial crosses

Remembrance Day Word Search

Word Search Answers

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Quiz: Remembrance Day in Numbers

Royal British Legion Quiz


Children's Resources:

Poppy painting

The Poppy Story (for Children)

Poppies (CBeebies)

Why do we wear a poppy?

Links to printable colouring pages

Poppy colouring projects

egg carton poppies

Papercraft - Make a Poppy

Easy Remembrance Day Lantern

Make a poppy wreath

Remembrance Poppies

Egg carton crafts ( Poppies )

Paper-plate poppy weaving

Clay poppy bowls

Paper-plate poppy garland

Poppy collage

Make a Poppy Tree

Poppy plate weaving