Dear Society Members,
LYNSTED WITH KINGSDOWN SOCIETY LOCAL HERITAGE PROJECT: COMMEMORATION OF THE CENTENARY OF WORLD WAR 1
You may have seen an increase in media coverage of events and projects for the centenary commemorations for World War (WW1). So, now seems like a good time to update you on the Society’s own plans, progress so far, and invite you to become involved.
To begin with, you will notice the Imperial War Museum (IWM) logo on this letter. The Society is working in concert with their national timetable to archive and publish our researches over the Centenary period (August 2014 – 2020). This partnership gives us access to some of the resources of the IWM.
Work is now well underway in researching the lives of those who left our Parish to fight for King and Country, but were to make the ultimate sacrifice. We should like to tell the stories of those whose names appear on our War Memorial, those whose names have been omitted and those who are otherwise connected to our Parish. Ultimately, these biographies will form a Book of Remembrance that will have a permanent place in the church, be available for purchase, archived at the IWM and be lodged on the Society website (free access). We are also liaising with the Church for the commemoration of each individual on the nearest Sunday to the 100th anniversary of their death. We are also hoping to work with the school in some way.
With your help, we can lift the simple list on our church memorials by adding family stories, images and recorded artefacts. In some cases, the official records together with written accounts of battles and regiments do tell us a great deal. But, something like 60% of all WW1 official records were destroyed by bombing and fire in WW2. So, you can see how important every piece of information is, whether it is a single photograph, a family story, or any artefact.
Since first publicising this project through regular updates in the Parish newsletter, via the Society website and through the local press, we have been contacted by several family members of those lost in WW1. This has brought to light some remarkable stories of courage and loss. Through in-depth research our project has also been able to find additional information to share with living descendants; including family members, links with other local families and war experiences they were unaware of.
In parallel with this WW1 project, we have begun to research the stories of those who fought and survived and building a picture of how the Parish was affected by all conflicts – not just the World Wars. Many people have already contributed local history material covering all periods up to the present day. In particular, the many family stories, records and images shared with us through our Heritage Open Days in 2010 and 2011. We have greatly benefitted from the generosity of families and individuals who have shared their WW1 and WW2 family stories and personal recollections. But we have an appetite for more, so please do let us know if you have anything that can be added to our project.
In the meantime we are grateful to our team of transcribers who are beavering away in the background working on the many documents that have been copied or loaned to us. These are being published on the website as they are completed.
If you have anything that you think would be of help to our project, please contact
Nigel or Lis Heriz-Smith
138 London Road
Lynsted ME9 9QH
Tel: 01795 522842
Chairman (2008 - 2013)