Putting a human face to those fallen in First World War

Date: Friday 18th August 2017

Sir, Since 2014, Penrith Remembers has been trying to highlight the people, activities and events which took place in Penrith 100 years ago, during the First World War.

Exhibitions have focused on the activities in the town, the men who died and the news during the First World War.

The group, Penrith Remembers, has now embarked on a project to find out about the soldiers who are named on the Penrith War Memorial.

This exists opposite to the Penrith railway station at the entrance to Castle Park in Ullswater Road. Within this gateway there are three bronze plaques, two of which recognise the dead of the First World War. There are 204 soldiers in total who are named on the plaques who died in the Great War.

These men from Penrith laid down their lives during the conflict in the service of the crown, and never returned home. They now lie in some foreign field and it is our aim to find out about each man and his connection to Penrith. The results will be posted on a new website for easy access, plus all the research will be deposited in Penrith library.

If you would like to help in this project and have some experience of using a computer, you would be welcome to assist in this important task.

Training will be given so that you are able to tackle the research. If you feel you can help, please contact me at richard<Southwaite.