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Further resources

We’ve included downloadable historical information sheets and other resources to help you with your research.


PDF graphic Post Office Telecommunications in the First World War

By November 1918, Great Britain had the world's most advanced air defence scheme. Relying heavily on the communications network this was just one of many important Post Office contributions

PDF graphic The Slingo Report

A 1919 report of the GPO Engineer in Chief, Sir William Slingo, detailing all the work that BT and Openreach predecessor the GPO Engineering Department carried out for the war effort

PDF graphic GPO Engineering Department roll of honour WWI, 1915-1920 (published in the Journal of the Post Office Institution of Post Office Electrical Engineers) 

PDF graphic Post Office Roll of Honour of all GPO fallen in WWI, 1914-1920 (published in weekly Post Office Circulars)

PDF graphic GPO Engineering Department Roll of Honour WWII, 1940-1947 (published in the Journal of the Post Office Institution of Post Office Electrical Engineers)

PDF graphic Souvenir of the Ceremonial at the Dedication of the Central Telegraph Office War Memorial, 1921 (the Central Telegraph Office was located on the site now occupied by BT Centre)

History articles

Fighting talk: First World War telecommunications: http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war/telecommunications-in-war/

Centenary salute to the wartime Post Office heroes: http://home.bt.com/news/bt-life/history-of-bt/centenary-salute-to-the-wartime-post-office-heroes-11363924114156

How communications technology helped win World War I: http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/how-communications-technology-helped-win-world-war-i-11364181314987

The Battle of Verdun begins: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/connecting-britain/battle-of-verdun/

Discover the fate of telecoms engineers stranded in the Channel Islands during World War II: http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/channel-islands-jersey-guernsey-communications-gpo-world-war-two-11364269339501

100 years since Essendon Bombing on September 3, 1916: http://home.bt.com/news/bt-life/history-of-bt/100-years-since-essendon-bombing-on-september-3-1916-11364083576229

Central Telegraph Office targeted by Luftwaffe bombers, December 29, 1940: http://home.bt.com/news/bt-life/history-of-bt/december-29-1940-central-telegraph-office-targeted-by-luftwaffe-bombers-11364031147703  

External resources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission: https://www.cwgc.org/

Bletchley Park Roll of Honour: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/roll-of-honour

The Post Office and the First World War: https://www.postalmuseum.org/discover/collections/ww1/

Postal Museum catalogue of GPO war memorials: http://catalogue.postalmuseum.org/collections/search/dc.subject/Collection:%20War%20Memorials

Royal British Legion “Every One Remembered”: https://www.everyoneremembered.org/