The Kingsbridge Gazette reported on the Modbury Remembers project in its August 17th edition.
Church receives lottery grant towards Great War centenary tribute
A church project has received lottery funding support for its Great War centenary tribute.
St George’s Church, Modbury has received a National Lottery Grant for a project to bring the 36 names listed on the Modbury town war memorial to life.
Awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War Then and Now programme, the project, titled Modbury Remembers – Bringing Their Names to Life, is researching family background, where the men and womene lived, served, fell and are buried.
As many came from local families who still live in the area, they hope to obtain family information, biographies, memories, letters and photographs to produce a comprehensive archive.
There will also be a public exhibition in St George’s Church from October 20-27 that will capture Modbury life in the 1900s, showing the impact of military service and war on a rural community.
The project will enable local people in the South Hams to preserve the memories of heritage of the people who lived through the First World War. Volunteers are needed to collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos, as well as family tales passed down to help build a clear picture of what life was really like.
All the project work will be done by volunteers, both young and old, from the community, together with Modbury primary school where the pupils in the senior year are ‘adopting’ the fallen and carrying out research. They have already used their parent network to appeal to local families for information.
If you have any information on any of those names on the memorial, you can see what has been collected so far through the online interactive archive which has been created for everyone to access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the home front.
Commenting on the award, Robin Chambers, project coordinator, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players as it has enabled us to reconnect with a lost generation that has moved from living memory to history.”