Opening this worthy Huthwaite project was proposed by reader Mr Paul Bradshaw. He shares keen historic local interests, firstly suggesting needs to begin offering prouder remembrance to our World War casualties.
Since publishing results of his research in 2004, these Huthwaite Online pages have attracted contributing material and thanks from related family members. But this work continues attempts identifying every lost individual, better recognising their roles of bravest duty called for in national service demanded by two World Wars.
Our own village war memorial still openly stands inside Huthwaite cemetery grounds. One of thousands erected across a British Commonwealth in tribute to those horrific losses from The Great War. Listed upon our epitaphs north face are all the names. The south face is shown bearing this verse, before unfortunately adding WWII victims.
Acknowledgements must first be extended to Helen Wilson, whose initial research began raising local interest for starting memorial projects. Heather Faulkes may continue broader research producing other Ashfield War Memorial Projects. Some of these finding relational ties with relocations inside the district.
Paul Bradshaw then set his personal goal identifying all those named on our Huthwaite War Memorial. A project sharing initial results here online, aiming to better honour all who gave their life in two world wars.
Mrs Lynne Weston has since contributed additional information, through personal interest researching the local Notts. and Derbys. regiments of Sherwood Foresters. uncovering many photographs of WWI victims.
This Huthwaite War Memorial Project has also expanded to open other related subjects. Years 1914-1918 may stretch beyond best living memory, while difficulty still appears commemorating all 1939-1945 losses. But, through fading recollections and photographs from other donators, some of the local efforts and roles this area otherwise performed through two world wars now becomes documented here for the first time.
Can you help preserve memories of any Huthwaite victims, or indeed the veterans who played their part?
Written 30 May 04 Revised 20 Nov 12 © by Gary Elliott