They Also Served Website is now live!
Our website is now live – www.theyalsoserved.co.uk . I’ll be adding new content regularly as I discover more about the experiences of African and Caribbean soldiers that served in the Great War. I have added links to other projects and other sites of interest. I encourage you to send in any information about the Great War, or if you would like me to feature your ancestors that served. Please email me with your comments and feedback!
So far, I’ve delivered three talks at different churches in Birmingham – Church of God of Prophecy, Aberdeen Street (11th November); Church of God of Prophecy, Small Heath (21st November); and New Testament Church of God, Handsworth (7th December). You can find a report of the first two presentations on the website. I must extend my thanks to these churches for their warm welcome and for their engagement in the talks. It was a great pleasure to deliver them and I have received very positive feedback. I will be delivering more talks in the New Year – it’s not too late if you would like me to come to your church. Please contact me and I’ll send you a list of the talks and arrange a suitable time and date.
Oral History Chronicles
One of the remits of this projects is to gather the oral histories of people whose ancestors served in the Great War, and I’ve spoken to two women whose grandfathers served in the British West Indies Regiment. As children, their grandfathers mentioned that they had served in the war, but they didn’t realise the significance until many years later. Their memories are patchy, but they provided me with sufficient information for me to undertake further research to support what they have told me. If you think your grandfather or great-grandfather served in the Great War, but you don’t have any concrete information, don’t be discouraged. Whatever you have in terms of information is valuable – having a name is a very good start. So please contact me if you think your ancestor served, and I can include them in the publication I’m developing.
- A portable exhibition will be available for display at your church, school, community centre, or library. More details to follow.
- I’ll be facilitating several family history workshops – stay tuned for dates and venues
- If you are interested in volunteering for the project, please email me!
Thanks for your support and interest this year! I’d like to wish you all a peaceful and merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2017!