Next year marks the outbreak of the First World War and a new project is beginning in Brigg to ensure ‘we will remember them.’
Students from the town’s Sir John Nelthorpe School are taking up the challenge to research the history behind the names of the fallen on war memorials in Brigg, Wrawby, Scawby and Broughton.
Volunteers will be spending most lunchtimes trying to find out more about the people whose names appear there.
Brigg Town Council will be working closely with the project and Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard told the Rasen Mail: “It is important the work is in the context that 2014 will mark the centenary of the start of World War 1.”
Sir John Nelthorpe teacher David Waite has contacted the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has a pot of money set aside for projects linked to the centenary, and said there was a ‘positive initial response’.
Funding could be used to help the students travel to the National Archives in London and for a small group to go to Belgium and France to visit and photograph the sites linked to local casualties.
Research will be linked closely with the Brigg Heritage Centre, and Scunthorpe Museum, both of which are planning exhibitions next year.
It is hoped a public anniversary event will be held in Brigg next year to commemorate the local men who served, and in particular the 1/5th Lincolnshire Regiment soldiers who marched through town in August 1914 on their way to war.