WWI project – 11th November 2018 will be special in HOLYWELL

The 11th November 2018 is a very important event in British history, as it will be 100 years since the end of World War 1.

There will be national commemorative events, but it is very important that Holywell should have its own special event to remember with gratitude the 54 brave soldiers from Holywell and Greenfield who went off to war and did not return. Their sacrifice must never be forgotten.

Flint and Holywell Rotary Club, working with Holywell & District Royal British Legion, Holywell Town Council and other organisations are planning a very special memorial event after the Remembrance Day Service at St James Church and the laying of wreaths in Panton Gardens.

Heritage Lottery Funding have awarded the team a grant and this will be used by –

  • Students at Ysgol Maes Y Felin, Ysgol MaesGlas and St. Winefride’s researching all 54 names on the Holywell High Street Roll of Honour, and the Greenfield War Memorial, and writing up a summary history of each soldier. They will also be holding special school assemblies.
  • Students will also be looking at the history of the 5th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, which most of the volunteers joined and visiting the regimental museum at Caernarvon Castle, and Birkenhead Park.
  • Students at Ysgol Treffynnon are going to be looking at supporting material such as some World War 1 poetry, especially the Welsh war poet Hedd Wyn, who died on the first day of the battle of Passchendaele in 1917 and preparing some special music.

 

All information produced will be recorded on a dedicated new local heritage website and be available for future years.

Can you help with this very special project please?

Family members and relatives of some of the 54 soldiers may still be living in and around Holywell, Greenfield and surrounding West Flintshire districts.  Do you have any information, maybe photographs, medals etc. that can be made available to help the students in their research?  We would be especially interested in seeing any copies of ‘letters home’

If you can help, please leave a brief message on this website using the ‘Contact Us’ page.  Someone will get back to you quickly. Please do not at the moment send any material, as we may not be insured against losses or damage.

 The project is also looking to recruit volunteer Mentors who can assist the local school students in their research, collecting local research information and/or providing content for the new website.  If you are interested in joining the project and would like to know more, we will be holding a volunteer drop in briefing session on:

26 July 2018, at 7pm, at the Stamford Gate Hotel, Holywell                                  

More information will be available on the night.

If you are reading this after the date shown, don’t worry – we would still be pleased to hear from you.

 Please tell anyone else you think may be interested in this Project and can help.

Thank you very much.

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