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Every Man Remembered: Bid to honour every Commonwealth serviceman and woman who died in WW1

British soldiers from the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Cheshire Regiment pictured in Belgium, August 1914. Credit: PA/PA Wire

The Royal British Legion has launched a campaign to gather tributes honouring every Commonwealth serviceman and woman who died during the First World War.

The Every Man Remembered initiative is an online database that enables users to commemorate a family member, someone they are connected to or find a person who has no-one to honour them.

Lord Julian Fellowes with a picture of his great uncle Hamilton Stephenson. Credit: Rich Hardcastle/PA Wire

Downton Abbey creator Lord Julian Fellowes, actor Tom Hardy, TV historian Dan Snow and West Ham United vice chairman Karren Brady have already added their voices to the campaign.

Every Man Remembered will be our greatest act of remembrance during the First World War centenary.

You can look up a family member, namesake, or make a random search - the important thing is that not a single one of them is left without a dedication and recognition of the role they played in providing the freedom we have today.

– Dr Stephen Clarke, head of remembrance at the Legion.

The Legion, in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, hopes every one of the 1,117,077 Commonwealth men and women who died during the First World War will be commemorated on the database.

Karren Brady with a picture of Sgt Major Frank Cannon who played for West Ham. Credit: Rich Hardcastle/PA Wire

The campaign was inspired by a British Explorer Scout who visited a war cemetery in Belgium and wrote to the Legion asking why some of the graves had dozens of poppies and crosses next to them, while others had none.

"This is your chance to take part in a truly historic and incredibly significant act of remembrance," the Every Man Remembered website reads.

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