MEMORIES and pictures of Staffordians involved in World War I are being sought by a local historian planning to mark the conflict’s centenary with a new book.
Nick Thomas, who has written several books on Stafford history, is preparing to pen a follow-up to Stafford at War 1939- 45, this time focusing on the town’s involvement in the First World War.
Anyone with photographs or stories relating to the town’s contribution to the war effort can share them with Nick at the Ancient High House next week.
He will be receiving contributions, including photos, militaria and othermemorabilia for possible inclusion in future exhibitions, at the Greengate Street venue Tuesday to Saturday, November 9, 10am-4pm each day.
He said: “About 18 years ago I compiled a full list of the Great War casualties from Stafford, discovering the names and details of 480 who were missing from the town’s War Memorial.
“In more recent years I wrote Stafford at War 1939-45, which was published by Pen & Sword, who have also published three Battle of Britain biographies.
“Stafford at War 1914-19 is to be the sister volume to Stafford at War 1939-45 and will be written along the same lines, providing an outline of the town’s contribution to the war effort as well as providing a general narrative to the war through the stories of a number of local men.
“The book will also provide details of the 120 local men who were presented with gallantry awards, along with information on the town’s casualties.”