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East Staffordshire: Cash splashed to help boost war memorials

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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DETAILS of money spent to create a legacy to people who lost their lives during the First World War have been revealed.

Thousands of pounds have been handed out to projects across East Staffordshire to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the conflict, as well as creating a legacy for future years.

The projects have included creating displays and restoring memorials and have been co-funded by cash from East Staffordshire Borough Council.

In Winshill, a project to research 94 men named in a roll of honour at St Mark's Church and collate photographs and memorabilia related to them was aided by a grant.

This display will then be taken around the village to showcase the work throughout the year.

In Hoar Cross, a project to display the Hoar Cross roll of service in Holy Angels Church got a cash boost.

The book was launched to collate all records of men from the Hoar Cross area who served in the war.

The Yoxall Calvary at St Peter's Church was originally put in place to honour second lieutenant Humphrey Arden, of the Royal Artillery Garrison, who died during the battle of Messines Ridge on June 6, 1917, and is buried in France.

The memorial needs £2,500 of repairs and £500 has been supplied by the borough council.

Anyone who would like to find out more about securing funding for First World War-related projects is urged to call East Staffordshire Borough Council's neighbourhood working team on 01283 508037 or email neighbourhoods.team@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

Work is also still continuing on efforts to improve the stone cross war memorial St Mary's Priory Church, in Tutbury.

Rick Nuth, chairman of Tutbury War Memorials Preservation Committee, revealed that around £15,000 was needed to spruce up the site.

He said: "Our estimated timeline is to have the conservation work done during spring and summer 2015."

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