There are 182 names on the First World War memorial in St Mary’s Church, Summerstown. We have identified where they lived, told stories on the streets outside their homes, in some cases visited their graves. We have researched their family background and military service and in many cases been able to contact their families and descendants. We have in a sense brought them to life.
We have now been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to develop our work. Our task now is to reach out to younger people through involvement in local schools, setting up of a ‘Friends of Summerstown182’ History Group, a Family Military History Roadshow to be hosted at local libraries and walks, talks, visits to museums. We will listen to older people, hear their stories and record them. We will reach out to the young. It is going to be an exciting year!