02:30PM, Monday 09 March 2015
Forgotten love letters and artillery shells are among the latest additions to a unique Royal Borough project uncovering the stories of the men who fought in the First World War.
Yesterday the 'For King and Country' project held its first roadshow at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre, in Park Street.
People were invited to bring in pieces of First World War memorabilia which were then scanned over by museum experts and added to a digitalised database.
The 18-month Heritage Lottery funded project aims to bring together all the names on more than 200 war memorials across the borough and collect as many stories as possible behind them.
Among the items brought into to the roadshow was an engraved artillery shell.
It was handed down to owner Andre Charlette by his grandfather who fought in the conflict.
He said: "He was the first of my grandparents to die; I was only around seven or eight so I never really knew him or knew what he got up to during the war."
A photo of the trench shell was taken and then the 54-year-old was able to find out more about his grandfather’s war record along with the help of Berkshire Family History who were also at the event.
The Cox Green resident added: "It is interesting to find out a bit more about him, what he was doing and where he was serving."
Project researcher on the borough wide project, Hannah Sami, said the first roadshow had been a great start and hoped it would inspire even more people to bring in objects at future events.
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