Pershore solidier's Somme story is explored - The Evesham Observer

Pershore solidier's Somme story is explored

Evesham Editorial 11th Nov, 2016   0

THE LIFE of an honoured Pershore solider who fought in the Battle of the Somme has been explored by Pershore High School youngsters as part of a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

‘The Somme Project’ researched and shared the stories of Sergeant Charles Edmund Twigg, who was awarded the 1914-15 Star along with the British War and Victory medals for his service during the First World War.

Pupils explored the background of Mr Twigg’s life and wrote poems and letters to him, which were displayed among a Pershore Library exhibition.

Also as part of the project, James Robertson, library customer advisor and Brian Gusterson, a nephew of Mr Twigg, visited Pershore High School yesterday (Thursday) to take part in a ‘Book of Remembrance Day’ memorial service.

Mr Robertson said: “As an ‘armchair’ local and military historian with three relatives who served during the battle, including my grandfather, I thought the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme would be an unmissable opportunity.

“It was a wonderful chance for Worcestershire Libraries to engage with the general public in commemorating this hugely important event in British history, as well as raising awareness amongst younger generations of the many sacrifices made on their behalf by so many young and local men.”

Coun Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member with responsibility for localism and communities, said: “The Somme Project has been an incredible success in Pershore and across the county.

“The work put in by library staff and the pupils of Pershore High School in remembering Sergeant Charles Twigg is a fantastic tribute to the memories of those who fell at the Somme. Congratulations to all involved with this poignant project.”


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