As the Somerset Remembers project progresses people from across the county are contacting us about their local commemorative projects.
Dr Tim Moreman has been in touch about activities taking place in the Isle of Wedmore. This rural area, encompassing the villages of Wedmore, Blackford, Theale and the Allertons, sent over 400 men to fight during the First World War.
These regulars, volunteers and conscripts served in all branches of the British armed forces, as well as in smaller numbers in the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand expeditionary forces.
Centenary plans are being made to remember the 60 servicemen who did not return, the contribution made by other men to winning the war and the part played by those on the ‘Home Front’ during the conflict.
This project, involving local churches, schools and other community groups, aims to:
1. Hold an exhibition in November 2014 about the Isle of Wedmore and the Great War
2. Produce a book
3. Provide the local schools with teaching material about the sacrifice made by the local community.
If you would like the opportunity to highlight your local project please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund can be made to provide financial assistance for smaller projects: http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/FirstWorldWarThenandNow