Our History Group has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our new project, The Impact and Legacy of the First World War on our Neighbourhood. This two year programme started in January 2016.
While some sought exemption from military service for a variety of reasons, many from our densely populated area enlisted in the First World War. Families were split, those at home often experiencing uncertainty and anxiety. There were a large number of deaths, reflected in memorials subsequently erected in local churches and schools. The lives of others who returned from the war front were scarred by injury. Some were disabled, with consequences for their families.
The War was also felt in other ways locally, for example by aerial bombing, resulting in death and injury, and damage to housing. Women’s lives altered, with many going into employment that had previously been done by men. There was economic hardship for some. One consequence of food shortages was the expansion of allotment sites.
Dick Hunter will lead the project, and we aim to encourage a wide range of local people, including young people and older residents, in researching local records, holding reminiscence sessions and evening talks and producing walking trail leaflets.
Follow this link for resources for First World War research.