Ashwell remembers with First World War exhibition

Samantha Smith at the Remembrance exhibition in Ashwell. EMN-141011-105452001
Samantha Smith at the Remembrance exhibition in Ashwell. EMN-141011-105452001
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People found out more about life in their village during the First World War at an exhibition on Remembrance Sunday.

Ashwell residents gathered at St Mary’s Church for a moving service on Sunday.

The focus was on the monument to remember the fallen on the church wall.

A wreath was laid, the Last Post was played by Edward Aldous and the congregation then fell silent to observe a two minute silence.

After the service an exhibition was held in the village hall. The story of each man from the village who died in the First World War was retold in as much detail as possible.

Most of the information was gathered from census returns and the internet, with photos and some information from Rutland and the Great War, compiled by G Phillips in 1920. Each board included a photo of the man’s grave.

Hand-knitted poppies were scattered about the room, and one arrangement had the name of each man on a poppy. Many photos taken of the poppies at the Tower of London were put on display.

One visitor, Samantha Smith, came from Sleaford, to find out more about her great grandfather William Pinchin. Organisers said she was pleased to see the exhibition, and it was a pleasure to have her with them.

The exhibition has been moved to Ashwell parish church and will stay open for about a week. Organisers thanked Oakham School for lending the boards.