Pen Portraits: Introduction
The pen portraits are designed to present the information the Local History Group have collected of the men named on St Luke’s Church World War 1 Roll of Honour together with some men who served but for some reason are not on the Roll of Honour.
The layout begins with the name of the individual at the top of the page, where he lived and whether he returned or when and where he died.
The next section ideally shows one or more photographs of the soldier. Where we have been unable to find such photographs, we have substituted a photograph of the house where the soldier and his family lived or of the building now standing on that site. A poppy has been placed in those where no such information is available.
The lower part of the portrait is divided into two parts; on the left ‘His Story’ and on the right his ‘War Record’. His Story shows the information we have been able to find of his life before and after the War including his parents, his siblings, his wife and children, his work, etc. The War Record shows such information as we have of his service during the war by date and regiment, etc from the official military records and the Parish magazine. It must be remembered that the majority of the World War 1 military records were destroyed during the blitz of the Second World War; it is estimated that only about 20 per cent of those known as the Burnt Records have survived.
To find the individual in which you are interested click on the alphabetical surname list on the left side of the page. A list of all the surnames in that section will be shown. Click on the name and the pen portrait will be shown.
If you have any further information at all of the men in the portraits, please contact one of the Group members or use the Email address on the contact page.