Hello and welcome to our website. It publishes original articles about experiences of the Great War mainly in the historic north-western counties of Cheshire, Lancashire, Westmorland and Cumberland during the period 1910-1930. But please note that both the geographical and time boundaries are entirely loose and porous. We shall be very glad to publish any interesting items which do not specifically concern the north west of England or which fall outside these dates. Examples might include research into individuals, families and military formations from any other part of the United Kingdom or even of the world: for example, I (Stephen) am keen to see articles about Irish experiences and British and French colonial soldiers; and of course, if your research touches on issues before 1910 or after 1930, it will still be welcomed. Our most important stipulation, however, is that your article must be based on your own research and written in your own words.
Partly in consequence of the War’s Centenary, a lot more research into the conflict is being carried out by a range of people, many of whom are not professional historians. Ordinary people are finding the confidence to explore the experiences of ancestors and local communities using primary sources. Fascinating stories, new knowledge and further questions are constantly coming to light. This is a forum for publishing as many of them as possible.
This site is sister to my Imperishable Record Blog which I began in November 2013 and which publishes the biographies of people appearing on the Grange Hill War Memorial in West Kirby, Wirral. During the course of our research, my friends and I have discovered additional connections, lines of inquiry and questions. I am pursuing some of them as part of my PhD (entitled ‘The People of Wirral and the Great War 1910-1925’) at Manchester Metropolitan University. Material which cannot either be included in The Imperishable Record or in my thesis, can be published here.
I am also interested in the impact of the Great War on the Carnforth area (where I lived between 1999 and 2015) which is twinned with Sailly Sur La Lys – a small town in the Pas de Calais in Northern France. Sailly was on the Western Front and featured in the Battle of the Lys, in which soldiers from Lancashire played a major part. This blog will enable us to explore the connections between the two towns and to co-ordinate our researches into their respective histories. I currently live, not far from Carnforth, in the Lune Valley, close to Kirkby Lonsdale and to the boundary with the West Riding of Yorkshire. The site will contain articles about this area too.
Between 2003 and 2015, I worked in Kendal, where I encouraged my pupils to research their ancestors and their home town during the Great War and where I had the privilege of working with the Town Council on an exhibition and a school drama production which commemorated the Centenary of the War’s declaration. Both projects uncovered a fascinating range of material which has not so far been published, but will be made available here.
You are invited to contribute to this blog: if you have interesting research about anybody, any place or anything in the north west of England (or from anywhere else in the world) during the era of the Great War, do get in touch and we will publish it.Thank you very much for reading this page.
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