Volunteers needed for project to trace WW1 memorials

Volunteers needed for project to trace WW1 memorials

Francis Batt

Volunteers needed for project to trace WW1 memorials
Councillors Christine Bateson and George Bathurst with officer Paul Temple at the Windsor Parish Church war memorial

Volunteers across the Royal Borough can play their part in making sure its war dead are never forgotten.

The council is embarking on an ambitious exercise to map all 186 of its known First World War memorials and list the 1,727 names of fallen soldiers on an interactive website.

Volunteers are needed to research their individual stories.

It is hoped they will identify ‘lost’ memorials in their town or village as well as researching the names on known ones.

The stories of people who worked on the home front, in factories and as volunteer nurses, also need to be researched.

Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for community partnerships, said: “ I am sure that our army of volunteers will once again turn out in force to support this fascinating and important research as part of the Royal Borough’s commemorations of the centenary of the start of the First Word War.”

Names recorded on the known memorials include members of 16 battalions of infantry and the Berkshire Volunteer Regiment.

The names also include two recipients of the Victoria Cross, two women and a brother and sister.

One of the Victoria Cross recipients, Lt W T Forshaw, held a trench for 41 hours from enemy attack. He died at home in Holyport aged 52.

The project – called For King and Country: the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead during the First World War – is tied in with next year's centenary of the start of the First World War in 1914.

Researchers will be able to use a range of resources in Maidenhead and Windsor libraries with free access to the www.ancestry.co.uk website.

Contact Paul Temple, the council’s officer who is leading the project, on 01618 796467 or WW1.rbwm@rbwm.gov.uk to volunteer.

Walter John Tindall (pictured left) died of his wounds on April 17, 1918.

Walter was known to friends and family as Wals. He was born and brought up at 43 Bolton Road, Windsor before marrying his wife Bess and moving to 10 Bude Terrace, Clewer Green.

He was 5ft 6 1/2 ins tall and weighed in at a modest 118lbs.

He served with the 16th Service Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps and was promoted to Sergeant on February 22, 1917.

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