Borehamwood stories wanted for Herts at War centenary project

Solders of the Hertfordshire Regiment on the eve of the outbreak of war in 1914

An unknown group of the Hertfordshire Regiment in the summer of 1914

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A county-wide project is hoping to tell the story of the Great War in Hertfordshire to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.

Herts at War will run a travelling museum exhibition, event days, battlefield tours, a schools programme and other events to retell every day of the First World War in “real time”, echoing what happened a century ago on the exact day it happened.

The non-profit community project is funded by the National Lottery and welcomes the involvement of individuals or community groups who may wish to share their own family history or help to uncover other war-time stories.

Herts at War is also creating a Roll of Honour, which will identify and document the life story of every serviceman named on one of the 674 memorials across Hertfordshire.

Project officer Dan Hill said: “With 22,470 names so far identified, the task is a huge, but we feel, very important one. With 39 men currently identified as Borehamwood residents that did not come home from the Great War, we hope to build up a profile of each man's life and preserve that story for future generations.”

The Herts at War Museum exhibition will tour the county over the next four years, starting in Letchmore Garden City where it will be based for the first year.

Mr Hill added: “We currently have plans to visit all corners of the county and would welcome the chance to work with the community of Borehamwood and surrounding area in remembering their own unique wartime experience.”

To find out more about the project or volunteering, visit www.hertsatwar.co.uk

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