Quakers produce online map showing global deaths during First World War

map, created by Quakers in Britain as part of a four year project on the World War I centenary, shows a path of white poppies through London reflecting the true numbers of people from every country who died as a direct result of World War I.

In 2014 the moat of the Tower of London was filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies representing Britain’s military war dead.  They wondered what other parts of London would be covered with poppies if we included international deaths, civilian and military.  Like the installation at the Tower, they used a rate of 50 poppies per square metre or 500,000 per hectare, each poppy representing one war death.

The map data includes military and civilian figures for The Allies, ultimately comprised of 25 nations including Britain and France, and the opposing Central Powers, Germany, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria.  The poppies spread on the ground between buildings, along roads, bridges and the banks of the Thames, reaching Buckingham Palace via Trafalgar Square and the  Cenotaph. The map also includes the small number of conscientious objectors who died during the war.

The map was published by The Guardian website as part of its coverage of the WW1 centenary.

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