AN HISTORICAL society has been able to publish three years of work collating names recorded on local war memorials, thanks to a donation from a district councillor.
For the past three years members of Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook History Society have been researching the names recorded on local war memorials throughout the parish, as well as in Dilhorne, in preparation for the Great War Centenary in August.
Staffordshire Moorlands District councillor and chairman of Forsbrook Parish Council Gill Burton presented a cheque for £100 from the Community Initiative Fund to enable the society to publish the results on the internet for the public to read.
It is also hoped that the results of the work can be reproduced in book form as a legacy of the sacrifice made by men of the area prior to the centenary. Levison Wood, Honorary Secretary, said: "Without the support and encouragement given to the Society from councillor Burton and other local civic leaders we would not have been able to record the hardship and tragic circumstances that our men had to endure in World War One.
"This commemoration is probably the best opportunity to tell their heartfelt and in many cases sad stories and for some, an opportunity to set the record straight and rectify why the names of at least two men have not been recognised on our memorials.
"We are indebted to councillor Burton's generosity and willingness to enable us to undertake the project which has become something of a labour of love for our volunteer researchers.
"We have listed over two hundred names; recorded at least seventy fatalities in detail and accompanied them with many 'new' unseen photographs.
"I am sure that over the next four years, when families become curious over what great-granddad did during the war, this record may provide some clues as to where and what he did."
Anyone wishing to further contribute towards this project with information should contact the Secretary on 01782 388241.