Cheshire Great War Stories
Roadshow Legacy funded by Heritage Lottery Funds
All archive work undertaken by Nigel Meyrick
Twelve WW1 Roadshows across Cheshire in 2013/14 recorded material from members of the community. This collection of 2216 photographs/documents is now identified and itemised on a spread sheet with hyperlinks to each document.
Lives of the First World War
1263 photographs/documents spread across 129 soldiers have been added to the Imperial War Museums on-line archive “Lives of the First World War” . Each soldier has been researched and positively identified. In addition to downloading the photos & documents onto the website, any detail from the documents i.e. service records, birth dates, medals issued etc have also been added.
Cheshire’s Great War Stories
407 photographs/documents that could not be downloaded onto the Imperial War Museums “Lives of the First World War” website, will soon be added to the Cheshire’s Great War Stories website http://thegreatwarcheshire.co.uk/ and linked to Cheshire East Reflects http://cheshireeastreflects.com/ These images are mainly from soldiers and civilians that have no service numbers, or memorabilia linking them to WW1 research routes.
There are six Touch Screens in permanent homes across Cheshire displaying – 80 photographs/documents showing a cross-section of the items recorded at the Roadshows.
Theatre in the Quarter
Stories, diaries and letters collected at the Roadshows have been shared with the Theatre in the Quarter script writer for a new prodcution: Land Of My Dreams – The Somme. July 1916. It will follow the story of the Cheshire soldier at the Front Line of the Somme and Ypres as well as the lives of the people who received his letters back home. The story will be based on research which has been collected through the Cheshire’s Great War Stories Roadshows.