The newly grant funded project is already making rapid progress with more people coming forward to be involved.
It is apparent that our project will touch local communities in more ways than originally anticipated.
We were contacted by a local resident about his experiences visiting a cemetery in France to see the last resting place of his relative and the emotion he felt at having found out about what had happened to him. After all this time the feeling of remembrance and pride is still strong and he wondered if we were interested in his story and photographs he had taken.
That’s part of what this project is all about, the connection felt within the community and when I thought about it, how many of us make that journey to the battlefields? We are interested in these acts of remembrance and ask who else would want to be a part of this project that has done the same thing? Why did you do it? How did you feel when finally standing in the place your ancestor lived, fought and died?
We would encourage anyone who has a similar story to come forward and also those who have photographs, medals, postcards or any other memorabilia relating to the Great War to come forward and allow us to share your history in the big community exhibition to be held on the 4th and 5th October 2014.
We have scanning facilities at Victoria Building, the Town Hall and would be very pleased and proud to scan your information to be placed on our community board. Of course we are interested in Middlewich men and women but in today’s modern world we have a diverse town and any Middlewich resident is invited to join in the commemoration of their family during the Great War era.
Anyone who is interested in how they can research their family in the Great War or has medals or photographs they cannot identify, please get in contact with Kerry Fletcher, Heritage Development Officer. Due to the Great War Project we have many partnership organisation links including Cheshire East, Cheshire Archives and Imperial War Museum North and connections with other organisations that can help.
Telephone Kerry Fletcher, Heritage Development Officer on 01606 833434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org latest news on this project can be found on websites: www.middlewich-heritage.org.uk , Middlewich Diary and social media.