A year’s research into the men, and one woman, who died in The Great War from Misterton and West Stockwith has culminated in a ten-week exhibition entitled Lest We Forget.
Launching the displays, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace commended the project and its importance in understanding the past in order to deal with the future.
At the launch, former Year 6 pupils from Misterton Primary School read well-known First World War poetry, students of the Everett-Fox School of Dance entertained the capacity audience with their performance of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Pearl Richardson sang war-time songs.
The project received £9,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and has been supported by Misterton Area Partnership. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 in 1914, the project has focussed on 42 people whose names are listed on the war memorials outside All Saints’ Church.
Project leader was local historian David Seymour who said: “This has been an exciting project for the villages of Misterton and West Stockwith – a fantastic opportunity for local people to do some historical research.
A year’s work has seen publication of a leaflet that’s been delivered to every household, then there is a free, 24-page booklet for everyone attending the exhibition.”