Remembering the ‘Unremembered’

First World War Labour Corps from across the world were remembered at an event at Mansbridge’s Round About Café on Thursday 8 November.

Labour Corps are brave individuals who supplied the army with weapons, ammunition, food, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways and were essential to the war effort.

They were remembered as part of the Unremembered project, run by Big Ideas and publicly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and local Government (MHCLG) and a National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery.

The café, which is supported by Radian, dedicated time to remember the Labour Corps and their heroic contribution to the war. Local residents, groups and pupils from Mansbridge Primary School learnt about the Labour Corps and the First World War. Guests were also invited to have their photo taken, holding a name of a brave Labour Corp.

Staff planted flowers in the shape of 100 (to represent 100 unremembered Labour Corp names) outside of the café and customers made and painted clay poppies. Delicious food from countries around the world were also on offer.

Lynda Rich, who regularly comes to the café to take part in activities with her friends, said: “I have got a lot out of coming here and being involved in projects that the café runs. By coming here, I have learned so much about the history of Southampton and as my father fought in the War, this project is one that is close to my heart.” 

Pauline Nativdad also comes to the café on a regularly basis. She said: “I have found out a lot more than I can ever have imagined by coming here, all of the projects we have done here have been fascinating; especially the Unremembered project.”