27th Oct, 2016

Residents thanks for appeal help

Evesham Editorial 6th Nov, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A WOMAN behind an appeal to discover more about some of the brave Evesham men who gave their lives in the First World War has thanked residents for their generous help.

As reported in the Observer in July, Evesham resident Judith Smart and members of St Peter’s Church in Bengeworth – together with members of the U3A – have spent the last four years painstakingly putting together information about 58 men who had links with their parish.

Their research has led to small biographies being put together for 52 of the fallen men but despite their best efforts they are still missing details for several other names.

The group came to the Observer in the summer to publicise an appeal in a bid to find out more about all the names in time for a special service at the church taking place next Friday (November 14).

Names of the fallen which the group would love to know more about include a J Smith, W Farman, Charles Knight and T Randall.

The service titled ‘Bengeworth Reflects’ will see the names and details of the soldiers read out with poetry, choral singing and letters from the frontline also being read out.

Judith told the Observer: “As a result, several people contacted me and we were able to trace three more soldiers and gained new information on others.

“The response received has been nothing short of brilliant, I’ve had people calling me giving me some great and useful information and we would still be extremely grateful if people can help out

“It is amazing how with projects like this, all you need is that tiny bit of information to get going which can then lead to knowing loads more.

“We’ve put so much work into it it’s just a shame we are still missing details but we will keep going. It has been a joy to be part of.

Anyone with information about the men mentioned above should call Judith Smart on 01386 765284.