In Their Honour
- Contest Winner
- Notable Mashing Achievement and People's Choice Award
- Created by
- Tom Horn, Jacqui Kennedy
- Other datasets used
- National Archives of Australia with assistance from The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Flickr stream from the Australian War Memorial. Google Geocoding API
In Their Honour is a mashup dedicated to the service men and women who fought and died for Australia. We have indexed over 100,000 service records and linked them to their burial location in one of over 3000 War Cemeteries in Europe and around the world.
We have also taken the WWI photographs from the Australian War Memorial and created a Timemap. A chronological and geographical, photographic record of Australia’s experiences during wartime. We hope to extend this to include other photographic collections, integrate historical events and user contributed personal histories.
In Their Honour is an invaluable resource for teachers, genealogist and researchers studying Australia’s wartime experience and particularly for family members locating their relative’s final resting place.
- Searchable database of over 100,000 service men and women.
- Detail page for each individual in the index.
- Links to service records.
- Photograph of cemetery or memorial.
- Detail pages for almost 4000 War Graves and Cemeteries, worldwide.
- Links to additional cemetery information.
- Driving directions
- Geographical and chronological photographic record.
In Their Honour brings together service records, maps and photographs for each of the service men and women who have died for Australia. The judging panel felt that although a similar service already exists provided by the Australian War Memorial, this entry explored the data in a noticeably different way attracting the opportunity for a different kind of engagement with the same datasets.
Once we adjusted for the malicious voting up and voting down (shame on you who partook), the clear winner of the People’s Choice Award was In Their Honour — which is consistent with the judge’s thoughts on its usability. As commenter Nerida Deane said, “I just looked up my Great Uncle Al and found the site easy to use and I liked the information it gave me. Maybe one day I’ll have a chance to visit his memorial.”