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VILLAGE MEN OF WW1

VILLAGE MEN OF WW1

A centenary exhibition on the village men of the Great War is now showing in St Agatha's Church. It will be open every day, and will remain in church until 14 December. It is being advertised by a poster showing Alfred James Brown, whose name appears on the war memorial.

Olive Sutcliffe writes:

Thomas Barlow, Frederick Batten, Arthur Brooker.............

Every year we gather round our village war memorial and listen, with bowed heads,
as the names of the young men who were killed in two world wars are read out loud.
For most of us in the village today, thatís all they are Ė just names. But back then they
were the husbands and sons of village families.

This being the centenary year of the start of World War One, we have tried to gather
together as much background as we can for each of the 25 men who died between
1914 and 1918 Ė their service records, where and how they lost their lives, plus any
overseas cemetery or memorial details. Added to this, using our excellent Village
History Groupís records, various websites and extracts from documents, we have
found family details and photographs which give us an insight into those menís lives
and also an idea of what everyday village life was like in the early 1900s.

This tribute to the village men of WW1 will remain in church  until 14 December, allowing plenty of time for people to just visit whenever they wish.

St Agathaís is open every day until dusk. Sundays from 11am. NB: Anyone coming from a distance should check on (01491) 836661, 836063 or 836943 to avoid weddings or funerals.


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