16th November 2015
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 this project, in which we aim to encourage a wide range of local people, including young people and older residents, in the following activity:
The aim is to support people to understand the impact of the War and learn new skills in sharing their findings.
We’re delighted with this award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which helps us involve many more people in our local community in the project. If you want to get involved please keep an eye on our website at clementshallhistorygroup.wordpress.com or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.