WW1 memorials book
Remembering the Fallen of the Great War at Christ Church.
‘Remembering the Fallen of the Great War at Christ Church’ brings together the stories of twenty-nine men that died in the First World War who have a memorial in the churchyard of Christ Church. Their stories give a glimpse of life in Welshpool 100 years ago, and mirror key events in the Great War.
Leading up to the centenary of the First World War, I began to research the stories behind the headstones that referred to a son that fell in the Battle of the Somme, or brothers that died within days of each-other on the Western Front. Walking through the churchyard I would notice phrases such as ‘killed at Sulva Bay’ and would wonder whereabouts that was and why were men from Welshpool fighting there. It was very moving to find out how twenty-nine local men were involved in so many different aspects of the war and in such a variety of places, from training with the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry in Welshpool, to fighting in France and Flanders, and even further afield in the Balkans and Baghdad.
On the centenary of each man’s death, their story was displayed in the church and a hand-painted slate poppy was placed next to the headstone. The response was so positive, and that has led to the publication of the book as a permanent record of all twenty-nine stories.
All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards the restoration of Christ Church and enabling it to be open to the public.
‘Remembering the Fallen of the Great War at Christ Church’ is in paperback, with colour photographs throughout.
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|Dimensions||24 × 16 × 1.5 cm|