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War memorial details search begins

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

St James Church, Barton under Needwood - induction of a New Vicar - Rev Andrew Ridley..B: Church Wardens, Geoffrey Annas (Bishop of Stafford), Godfrey Stone (Archdeacon of Stoke)), Michael Freeman (Rural Dean)

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PEOPLE are being urged to help people in an East Staffordshire village to learn more about its war memorial.

On Barton under Neewood war memorial, there are 32 names of men who died during or shortly after the First World War.

Another three men and a 16-year-old boy do not have their names on the memorial because they died of wounds after it had been built.

The families of these men still live in the area and an effort is now being made to learn more about them as part of the centenary commemorations.

Jill Rogers, who is organising the search for details, said: “In Rolleston there us a wonderful photographic record of all the men whose name appear on the war memorial in the village.

“After 100 years, a complete record is unlikely, but it would be a superb reminder to all of us of the men from the village who gave their lives.

“I am very proud of my uncle from Manchester who died in 1918 and I have a wonderful photograph of him and also the letter from his commanding officer sent to my grandparents.”

Anyone with information is urged to get in touch with Andrew Ridley, vicar of Barton under Needwood, by calling 01283 712359.

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