Volunteer calls for more people to get involved in project to commemorate the First World War (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Volunteer calls for more people to get involved in project to commemorate the First World War
5:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 in News
Women working at Hoffmans factory, Chelmsford in 1914 making ball bearings and ammunitions. Credit to: Frederick Roberts Collection, Anglia Ruskin University Library (held at Essex Record Office).
A volunteer is calling for people from the district to take part in a project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The project, ‘Now The Last Poppy Has Fallen’ is being organised by Essex County Council to mark the anniversary by focusing on the lives of families, individuals and communities during the First World War in Essex.
Braintree volunteer Jacquie Fanchette, of Gilpin Way, is urging people to share their stories about what happened during the war in the district.
Mrs Fanchette, 53, said: “It’s a lovely project, it’s very personal as it’s about what happened here in the First World War, and it’s very interesting how people managed to carry on.
“It’s a commemoration, not a celebration.
“It’s about respectfully acknowledging the 100 years and bringing the reality of the war to the people of today, to make them aware of what people in this area did and to commemorate it in some way with all the due respect and solemnity.
“It would be lovely to get more people involved.”
To share stories, letters, diaries or pictures please contact Mrs Fanchette on 01376 330687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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