The Memorial Cross Mothers chose to use a portion of Laurence Binyon’s poem, “For the Fallen”, as their motto, and it is included on the page. Their motto reads: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them.” The book mainly consists of individual entries, of which families were the primary authors. This made each individual entry different, and incredibly moving to read.
The second volume of the Book of Remembrance wasn’t published until much later and was created in order to include “Londoners who were omitted, and Portrait memorials of Londoners entered by name only, in the first book. [As well as] Londoners who paid the supreme sacrifice in the Korean War”. This volume was assembled in 1998 by Vimy Branch 145, Royal Canadian Legion, and was unveiled and presented on November 11th, 1999. In total, there are 280 individuals listed in this volume, with 49 who were not included in the first volume. Unfortunately, the addition of those who lost their lives in the Korean War did come about and were not included.
The two volumes of the Book of Remembrance which sit in London City Hall have a special place in the minds of Londoners today, as these books represent an important piece of local Second World War history. At the dedication in 1950, Mrs. W. H. Jacobs, the national president of the Silver Cross Women of Canada at the time, stated that the book was “a work of devotion and love by the mothers of the boys named in its pages, these boys’ names must not be forgotten under any circumstances”.