The Shaftesbury Remembers website, created by Gold Hill Museum with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to reflect the locality during World War 1, has become established as a source of reference on an international scale. Volunteer Chris Stupples, who has researched many of the soldiers’ stories featured on the website, is now seeking information about survivors of the Great War. As he writes:
Work continues in order to reflect the service of those who eventually came back to their families and loved ones in Shaftesbury and District after the conflict was over. There is still much to be done on this front and names are being sought from various sources and researched so that their stories can be told to future generations. Over 100 stories have been added thus far and there are very many known names still to research, but given that many of the Service Records were destroyed by enemy action in the Second World War, some are bound to be missed.
The Museum would be pleased if anyone who knows of a local relative who served in World War 1 and returned home could let us know, so that we can be assured they will not be forgotten by generations to come.
The Shaftesbury Remembers website can be accessed by clicking on this link or via the Home Page at www.goldhillmuseum.org.uk and any information can be advised through the Museum on 01747 852157 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org