First World War Community Archive Launched

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Somerset people are being invited to share stories of the First World War as part of the lottery-funded Somerset Remembers project.

In the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, the project has launched an Online Community Archive where people can share the photographs, letters and stories which have been passed down through the generations.

The project team are hoping Somerset people and others will get involved with the online archive and help to create a major historical resource for future generations.

“The online archive is exciting because it gives everyone a chance to engage in their own history,” said David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Heritage.

“Beyond the national commemoration of toil and sacrifice, many will recall the personal stories which have been passed down by those who took part in the conflict. Those people are no longer able to share their stories so it is more important than ever that you share yours.”

Do you have pictures, letters, diaries, or war records from a family member who was involved? Did a relative serve with the Somerset Light Infantry? Is there a Red Cross nurse in the family? Or have you been researching your village to mark the centenary?

You can contribute to the project or read the fascinating accounts of the lives and experiences of Somerset men and women by visiting the community archive at: www.somersetremembers.com

The Somerset Remembers project is being led by Somerset Heritage Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.