Firmly established by year 1917 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission continued its monumental task of recording casualties sustained during the Great War. Reflecting upon the horrific numbers of losses caused by a world in conflict, thousands of memorials became erected. Honouring by name those who died between those terrible years of 1914 - 1918 left a sad reminder never wanting repeat. After unimaginable grief and expense the unbelievable necessity to enter a Second World War dramatically extended Commonwealth records, covering 1.7 million war graves before siting a Debt of Honour register.
Our Huthwaite war memorial project modestly began online by transcribing the two world war listings first publically presenting names shown on this stone memorial set inside Huthwaite cemetery grounds. Difficulty in reading those well weathered plaques back in 2004 firstly indicated how time naturally fades displays, like years losing living memories.
Looking up commonly found surnames using for confirmation the Commonwealth War Grave site, I soon realised how little we do actually know, or could even learn just from those scant records.
Full research by Paul Bradshaw obviously delves deeper among books, press and other archived resources. Exposing rather notably heroic service personnel, it also mentions family relations adding further interest for local genealogy students.
Whilst this project aims at giving fuller and future recognition to those given villager names, detailing with claims of a Huthwaite connection can be elusive.
It is not unusual finding parental or married next of kin had moved area just before, during or after those war torn years, so casualties can thus be found split and listed upon other local memorials. Some servicemen hold double listings offering cross referencing, yet others are being uncovered whom sadly missed any public recognition. This can occur by error or possibly family choice, although untimely deaths after serious wounding could often come after registration. Considering they all collectively made the ultimate sacrifice, this memorial project invites your knowledge in helping us uncover forgotten names.
The Huthwaite monument still provides an annual local focus on remembrance days. A few families may well recount relatives upon the WW2 epitaph while holding childhood memories through those years. Not many could personally recall WW1 however, and these Huthwaite heros may become individually forgotten.
Do please contact us if able to add or give better recognition with confirming data or photos of persons or memorabilia, helping proudly uncover anyone who served our armed forces during those fast fading years.
Written 04 Dec 06 Revised 15 Feb 09 © by Gary Elliott