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We shall never forget those from Chorleywood

 Published on: 24th October 2018   |   By: Rebecca Dundon   |   Category: Uncategorized

All 50 men from the village who fought and died during the First World War have been remembered in a book. 

Our Village in the Great War was originally published in 2016 by a group of residents who wanted to look into what life was like in Chorleywood during WW1. 

Earlier this year the group, who are a part of an online retirement site called U3A, paid a visit to the Somme in Northern France in a bid to further investigate the background of the 50 men named on the Memorial Hall board. 

Project leader David Hiddlestone told ChorleywoodNews: “We put the book together to shine a spotlight on what life was like in the village during the First World War. 

“This time we discovered another 24 casualties whose names weren’t listed but we don’t know what the criteria was then for having a name added to the memorial.

“We traced family history and discovered one person living in the village who had links to one of the soldiers.” 

The book, which is available to purchase from Chorleywood Bookshop, also offers a fascinating insight into the history of the village itself.  

Other events taking place over the Remembrance weekend this year include a Film Club screening of the latest version of R.C. Sherriff’s powerful WW1 drama ‘Journey’s End’. The film is set in the trenches in Northern France in March 1918 and gives a glimpse into the experiences of the officers of a British Army infantry company. 

There’ll also be a ‘Street’ party hosted by the parish council and on Sunday, November 11 there will be a day of contemplation and the annual Service of Remembrance will be held at 3pm in the Hall.

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