THE stories of Burton’s First World War heroes have been told in a new book written by a town historian.
Malcolm Goode has painstakingly piece together a day-by-day account of all of the men who died during the first year of the conflict, which is due to mark its centenary this year.
The Stretton man is hoping that by putting the information together it will help people around the town find a link to their own past and their own war heroes.
He told the Mail: “I have a passion that the soldiers must be remembered. There are not many of us that are not touched by the First World War, and I would like to encourage more people to discover if they had a member of the family who was a serviceman during that period and, if they did, to remember them.
“If the book helps somebody or encourages them to research their own history then that’s good.”
Mr Goode, of Fairham Road, Stretton, has been working on the book – A Burtonian’s War Diary 1914 – for almost three years.
He initially intended to write one for each year of the war, but said the task had been much more onerous than he initially thought.
“I have a mind to start one for 1918 now,” he told the Mail.
The book begins by setting the scene for what Burton was like in 1914 – telling readers about the brewing industry, prominent figures in the town, and the world which the tommies left behind.
Mr Goode said there was a lot remaining in the area which has stayed the same since 1914.
It then moves on to the story of Thomas Dunn, one of the first 11 soldiers to die on August 22, 1914.
He was one of a number of soldiers born in Burton workhouse, who then went to war.
There is also a roll of honour, commemorating the contribution of the soldiers who survived the war, but are not remembered on any plaques or monuments as a result.
The book went on sale in Waterstones last week, and Mr Goode will be attending a signing there on Saturday, July 19. He will also be selling it at the upcoming vintage fair at the National Brewery Centre.
“I can’t believe it will be on sale. It’s very exciting,” he told the Mail.