Barnetby Boys book shows human side of fallen men

The Barnetby Boys whose names are listed on the village war memorial. Now their story is told in a book written by village man Roger Frankish. EMN-150601-134845001
The Barnetby Boys whose names are listed on the village war memorial. Now their story is told in a book written by village man Roger Frankish. EMN-150601-134845001
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Barnetby Man Roger Frankish has produced a fascinating book telling the story of The Barnetby Boys.

The book gives a brief account of events in Barnetby and the fate of those who went off to serve ‘King and Country’ from 1914 to 1918.

Mr Frankish was a military man himself and has lived in the village since retiring from the armed forces.

He has expertly researched his story and illustrated it with wonderful photographs.

War memorials are a staple feature of British life and they serve as a reminder of the price paid by previous generations.

Barnetby War Memorial stands prominently at the side of the road in the centre of the village and for many years Mr Frankish has been the Royal British Legion standard bearer at the Remembrance Sunday parade.

But the names on the memorial have clearly meant more to him than a mere list of the fallen. He took those names and searched out where they lived and which families they came from.

More poignantly he traced how so many of them died on foreign battlefields in that conflict 100 years ago.

Barnetby is only a small English village, but like similar communities across the land it saw its men called to conflict from which too many of them were never to return.

The Barnetby Boys is available at Amazon and at Brigg Tourist Information Centre.