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Group unravelling wartime stories

A bomb crater in Bedlington in 1915. Picture credit: Northumberland Archive NRO 775-12.

A bomb crater in Bedlington in 1915. Picture credit: Northumberland Archive NRO 775-12.

A group of volunteers are unravelling some of the many stories from the First World War.

As the country prepares to mark 100 years since the start of the war, one group has been going through some of the many stories – some still hidden – in the local archives in Ashington, in a bid to piece together information.

A small group of volunteers have been using the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn Museum, and other local archives, to bring the stories to life.

Volunteer John Charlton said: “We have started to try to unravel the stories of this time, and there are also stories and sometimes even letters and photographs of local families.

“We are urging anyone who has any stories to get in touch so we can put the stories together.

“Nearly all of our families were touched by the Great War.

“The war at the front was appalling, with deaths measured in thousands daily.

“Those men who came home were often severely injured physically and mentally.

“Town, village and family life were dislocated, the effects rumbling on for a decade and beyond.

“We are delving into the records to piece together the story.”

The group is also looking for people to join their group at Woodhorn to look at archive material as researchers.

No previous experience is needed.

Anyone who would like to find out more can call John on 07761 818384 or email nelh@blueyonder.co.uk

 

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