The Wandsworth community are invited to take part in a history project paying tribute to local lives lost in the First World War.

The ‘Stripes of Peace’ project will place handmade stripes of material outside the former homes of 182 locals who died in the conflict 100 years ago.

As part of Tooting Fun Day, taking place September 22, locals can assist in making the colourful ribbons from up-cycled materials.

Organiser Geoff Simmons said: ‘It’s important in divisive times to see everyone sharing this remembrance, celebrating peace and acknowledging the terrible consequences of war.

“It’s been so good to see people working on this project who perhaps thought the First World War had nothing to do with them.

“It’s really brought everyone together.'  

The ribbons symbolise the coloured stripes soldiers wore on their uniforms to indicate awards for bravery.

Community history group Summerstown182, supported by a Wandsworth Borough Council Grant Fund, spent four years researching the stories of the 182 names listed on the war memorial in St Mary’s Church, Summerstown.

One house where a tribute will be placed is 48 Huntspill Street, once home of church cricket captain William Ibbott, who died on the Somme.

Other houses, such as that of another Somme victim, 17-year-old Horatio Nelson Smith, no longer exist.

A tribute will be placed on railings opposite Chillingford House tower, where his address previously stood.

All the Stripes will be in place in time for a Summerstown182 ‘Walk of Remembrance’ on Saturday 10th November.

Some stripes have already been produced at school fairs and community events, such as the Meena Bazaar in Tooting and Hazelfest.

Organised by Balham and Tooting Community Association, Tooting Fun Day runs from 12 to 5pm, featuring rides, inflatables, food stalls, farm animals and children's activities.