Witney

First World War

The First World War group is asking our fellow U3A members to share any stories of how their family was touched by the conflict. For the centenary of the armistice, we have looked at poignant local links to the conflict …

• The five brothers who laid down their lives for King and Country
• A grieving widow's personal churchyard memorial to 'My Dear Husband, who Died in France'
• The father who bequeathed an organ to his parish church in memory of three fallen sons, but could not bear to hear it played
• Two brothers slain within hours on the same day
• A village's remarkable array of original battlefield wooden crosses, some still caked with Flanders mud 100 years on
• A Christ figure found in the ruins of a French village church by a British officer who smuggled it home but never lived to see it dedicated in his local church.

We meet every second Wednesday and, although not currently recruiting, we would love to hear about YOUR family's 1914-18 experiences. Please contact Michael Walsh.

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