Telling story of our Great War heroes

Historian Paul Smith by the Gartang war memorial
Historian Paul Smith by the Gartang war memorial
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A historian is writing a book to teach schoolchildren about the First World War.

Paul Smith has been researching the 19 men from Garstang who are listed on the First World War section of the Garstang and Bonds war memorial on Park Hill Road and his book will tell the soldiers’ stories.

Pupils at four schools in the Garstang area will be given copies of a book on the lives, times, and sad deaths of Garstang’s war dead.

Paul, who is being assisted in the project by Garstang Historical Society vice-chairman Anthony Coppin, hopes the book will be published by midsummer, though the timing will depend on a hoped-for grant of up to £3,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If the grant is approved, children at St Thomas’s CE, Garstang Community Primary, SS Mary and Michael’s RC and Garstang Academy will all receive a copy of the book.

Anthony believes it is important that the villages youth understand the impact of WW1. He said: “The books aim is to tell the story of the soldiers from Garstang.

“It is important to teach children about the Great War and about local history. It is 100 years since the start if the war and we think it is an opportune moment to remember the men who died.

“The war heavily impacted on Garstang and we have been interviewing people about their relatives and trying to get a real picture of them.”

Paul will be giving three lectures on the First World War to the GHS, the first called The edge of catastrophe will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday, April 9 in Garstang United Reformed Church Hall.

For more information call GHS Chairman Peter Burrell on 01995 601054