Appeal over war memorial names
HISTORIANS in Pill are appealing for information about heroes whose names appear on war memorials in the village.
Members of Crockerne Pill and District History Society have started carrying out research on the 80 names which appear on the memorials at Christ Church in Pill and at St George's Church in Easton-in Gordano.
All of those whose names appear on the memorials are connected to one of the villages and served in either World War One or Two.
Once the research is complete, the society hopes to produce a special booklet featuring the details of the war dead in time for the 100th anniversary of the start of the FirstWorld War in August 1914.
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Members of the society are trying to find the names to find out the age of the person when they died, where and when they died and which regiment they were in, as well as the rank of the war heroes, their service number and where they are buried as well as their links to the two villages.
So far information has been gathered on more than 70 of those who feature on the memorials, but they need help with the other ten.
Society member, Ivor King, 84, who served as a craftsman in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers is one of those helping research the project.
He said: "As a village history society we are always looking for interesting projects to do in the village. As next year is the centenary of the start of World War One, we thought it would be a good project to do.
"We have managed to get a lot of information via the internet and from newspaper cuttings from the time but there are seven names we are struggling to get details on.
"We are asking local families who may have lost members in the wars to get in contact with us with any information they may have.
Anyone who can help with the research can call Maggi on 01275 373887, Ivor on 375871 or Garfield on 373553.