Mark Brennan, Chairman of Hadleigh British Legion
Mark Brennan, Chairman of Hadleigh British Legion, explained the Hadleigh Great War Centenary Project. This will run from 2014 to 2018 when the Great War ended, with the aim of gathering as much information about Hadleigh people who served their country during that time. So far, 12 histories have been completed and there are about 100 more to research. The project will be publicised through Hadleigh Community News, website, exhibitions and presentations to local groups, etc. Some lottery funding and grants have been obtained, but further sponsorship will always be welcome. Mark would like anyone who can help with stories and details of friends, relatives, etc, who served in the war to contact him, whilst there is also a research team seeking information from Forces' records, the Ancestry website and other sources, to try and put together the various histories. He gave an interesting Powerpoint display of photographs of Hadleigh servicemen, campaign medals and war histories. Any information of help to Mark can be e-mailed to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Hadleigh Great War Centenary Project website
This website houses the findings of the Hadleigh Great War Centenary Project, a community research project established to mark the centenary of the Great War. The project will run throughout the centenary period and will research Hadleigh during the time of the great war.
The project is open to all in the community and provides an excellent opportunity, especially for the younger generations to learn more about the past. The website will also provide an excellent research resource for future generations as well as being lasting and fitting tribute to the Great War generation.
Much of the information required is still hidden away in various archives, attics and shoeboxes and the project volunteers are slowly managing to tease it out. As new information is uncovered it will be added to the site. If you have any information relating to the great war or would just like to comment on the website then please get in touch.
Please use the links above to navigate the site, where you will find the following;
ROLL OF HONOUR The project aims to tell the story of each of the 112 individuals who are listed on the Town's Great War memorial by gathering together snippets of information found scattered across a variety of sources. In some cases the information is readily available, in others it requires more detailed research.
SURVIVORS STORIES Many Hadleigh men served and survived the Great War and subsequently came home to rebuild their lives in the community. Like other great war survivors from all over the country, they did not tend to talk about the war and so quite often little is known about their experiences. The project will also attempt to tell the story of a number of Hadleigh survivors.
MEMORIALS Hadleigh residents will be very familiar with the Great War memorial (pictured above) which is situated in the memorial garden on the High Street at the junction of Station Road. However, there are a number of other memorials and sites that are much less obvious. The project will provide a virtual tour of all memorials and Great War related sites in Hadleigh.
THE HOME FRONT While the story of those who served in uniform is important, the project does not forget the part played by those left at home and the project offers a fascinating look at life on the home front. The story is pieced together from detailed records that are housed in the Town's archives.