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Website launched to remember those who gave their lives in First World War

From left, Robert Boyle, Amanda Turner and James Buchanan. MSMP150514002ss. Photo by Stan Stubbs. EMN-140520-091953001

From left, Robert Boyle, Amanda Turner and James Buchanan. MSMP150514002ss. Photo by Stan Stubbs. EMN-140520-091953001

 

More than 50 people gathered for the launch of a new website which tells the story of Rutlanders who gave their lives in the First World War.

The website is called www.rutlandremembers.org and remembers the 597 Rutland men and three women who died in the war, which marks its 100th anniversary this year.

The launch was held at Rutland County Museum on Thursday and visitors were treated to a demonstration of the website, which includes interactive maps and the opportunity to upload new information.

Thanks to an £8,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with help from individuals and Rutland County Council, the wesbite has been set up by commemoration group Rutland Remembers.

Its creators say it is the most comprehensive record yet of the sacrifice Rutland paid in the Great War, drawing on new and previously unpublished records as well as established sources.

Lionel Cunnington, from the Uppingham in Rutland Lodge of the Freemasons, attended the launch, and presented the organisers with a cheque for £500 in support of further work to commemorate the First World War, which will include a series of exhibitions at Rutland County Museum and in other locations in the county.

Col Robert Boyle, Deputy Lieutenant for Rutland, said: “The website provides an extraordinary resource for schools and those who want to learn more about Rutland’s role in the First World War.

“The challenge now is to build on this knowledge and find out even more about the lives of these young men and make sure their sacrifice is never forgotten.”

James Buchanan, who had the initial inspiration for the site, said: “The site provides an opportunity to upload new information and photographs about our soldiers as well as recording visits to their graves and memorials, wherever they happen to be.

“This is really only the start. We want people to go out there and visit these men, wherever they are. Some of them lie buried in Rutland, most are on the Western Front but there are Rutland graves in 16 countries. We want people to visit them all and show we do remember.”

 

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