The Somerset Remembers project team are always happy to receive news about local commemorative projects from across the county.
“In Buckland St Mary over the last year we’ve been researching the lives of the men on our War Memorial. The results of this will be on display in our Vanished Lives Exhibition, which will be on in Buckland St Mary Church from Saturday August 23 – Monday August 25 at 10.30-4.00 each day, with a Service of Remembrance at 10.30am on Sunday the 24th.
Local families have been generous in sharing their mementos. We’re particularly indebted as well to the help we’ve had from the Somerset Heritage Centre, especially archivist Liz Grant, and are grateful for the permission from them and the Somerset Military Museum Trust for the use of contemporary photographs.
We’ll be showing all the data we’ve assembled on the thirteen WW1 and two WW2 men whom the parish lost. Much to our delight we discovered in the Church, but in a position rather hidden from sight, the Memorial Board which commemorates the fact that ‘In Thanksgiving for England’s Victory in the Great War 1914-1919 and for the Restoration of Peace the Clock was Placed in the Tower.’ It then lists the 66 men ‘connected with this Parish who Served’, marking with a cross those who died.
There will be short biographies of each man, backed up by, among other things, excerpts from Census records, Battalion War Diaries, photographs, wills, surviving Service Records, newspaper reports and school records, and the 19th Century Parish registers. The books we’ve used will be there for you to look at too.
There’ll be displays of contemporary documents – photographs of the Western Front and Palestine, and of Buckland St Mary – maps, drawings, satire, poetry and propaganda posters.”