|Trumpington Local History Group
AGM and the First World War,
23 October 2014
|AGM, launch of Trumpington's Fallen Heroes of World War I and talk Remembering the
First World War at a Local Level, 23 October 2014
There were about 30 participants at this meeting which began with the 2014 AGM. Howard
Slatter outlined the work and events of the last year. He referred to the impending refurbishment
of the surroundings of the War Memorial. We had held two visits during the year, to the
American Cemetery and the Papworth/Bell School archaeological sites. Work had continued on
the development of this web site and responding to enquiries about the history of Trumpington.
The mailing list now included over 100 recipients. Howard encouraged participants to join the
Committee and Randall Evans offered to stand as a new member.
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|Poster: Sylvia Jones.
|The Committee had established a working group to develop
information about the men of Trumpington who served in
World War I. Howard and four other volunteers were about
to start the project and additional volunteers would be very
welcome. The results of this work would be added to the
Imperial War Museum Lives of the First World War database.
The Group was well placed to contribute to that database,
following the publication of Trumpington's Fallen Heroes of
World War I, written by Ken Fletcher with the support of
Sheila Glasswell. Howard introduced Sheila Glasswell who
described the work she had done to edit the booklet. Sheila
highlighted the front cover of the booklet based on one of the
panels on the War Memorial showing a weary soldier making
his way home and the stories of a few of the individuals such
as the Wilson family. She encouraged members to contribute
new information about the fallen, such as family stories. She
thanked Ken Fletcher for all his hard work on the project.
|The main speaker was Dr Dan Todman,
who gave a talk titled Remembering the
First World War at a Local Level (see
Dan Todman is a former resident of
Bishop's Road, and pupil at Fawcett
School. He is now a senior lecturer in
history at Queen Mary, University of
London. His research focus is on the
social, military and cultural history of
Britain in both world wars, with a
particular interest in the intersection
between home and fighting fronts and the
remembrance of conflict. He is the
author of The Great War: Myth and
Dan was very well placed to shed light on
the effects of the war on a community
such as Trumpington and his talk and the
discussion were very thought provoking.
See also the page with information about
Trumpington and World War I.
|Sheila Glasswell and Ken
Fletcher launching the booklet
Trumpington’s Fallen Heroes of
World War I. Photo: Andrew
Roberts, 23 October 2014.
|Howard Slatter and Dr Dan Todman at the Local
History Group meeting. Photo: Andrew Roberts, 23