In 2014 we commemorated 100 years since the start of the First World War. Fifteen men who lost their lives in that war are named on the memorial in St Mary’s and there is also a plaque in the village hall in honour of both those who died and those who served.
As a tribute, on the 100th anniversary of the death of each of the fifteen “fallen”, I am writing up their personal story and gathering as much information as possible from as many sources as I can about their lives and circumstances. Each story is turning out to be very different and throwing light on various threads of social and local history and people from all walks of life. Initially each story is being published in the Tattingstone News.
At the end of the First World War, the then vicar of Tattingstone, the Reverend Charles Elliott, handwrote a book called the Liber Vitae (Book of Life) with a personal tribute in memory of each of the men who died. As I publish my own story of each of these men, I will also add what the Reverend Elliott wrote in the Liber Vitae section below.
It is very much work in progress and this website will enable me to add or amend anything. If you can contribute any more to these stories or know any other local WW1 stories or memories handed down please feel free to let me know.
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01473 328328
Acknowledgements to Jennifer Jones and Jean Austin for their Commonwealth War Grave research.
Please see all our pages about WW1