War heroes researched

Maggi Stowers, Ivor King and Garfield Porter next to the war memorial in Pill

Maggi Stowers, Ivor King and Garfield Porter next to the war memorial in Pill - Credit: Archant

THE lives of war heroes named on two memorials are being researched by those keen to know more about the servicemen who fought for their country.

Crockerne Pill and District History Society has begun looking into the 80 names which appear on memorials at Christ Church in Pill and St George’s Church in Easton-in-Gordano.

All those on the monuments had a previous connection to one or both of the villages and fought in either World War One or Two.

Their names are read out during the Armistice service held in the villages each year and now the society hopes to research them in time for the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War One in 2014.

Society secretary Maggi Stowers said: “It would be nice if they could also have their Christian names read out to make it more personal.

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“Especially with World War One, there are no people alive now who knew these people directly.

“Hopefully, as time goes on, we can investigate more and we will have more stories to tell.”

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The history society is using online resources including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Ancestry.com but members are also hoping for help from people living in Pill and Easton-in-Gordano who may have information relating to those named on the memorials.

The group is also looking into how the names on the memorials were chosen for inclusion on them.

Once enough detail has been gathered, the society plans to publish a booklet allowing people to learn about those servicemen connected to the villages who fought in the two world wars.

Anyone who can help with the research can call Maggi on 01275 373887, Ivor on 375871 or Garfield on 373553.

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