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The Farnhill WW1 Volunteers project restricted itself to those men – service men and volunteers – who were named on the list compiled for Farnhill Parish Council early in 1916. However, it was always likely that we would find that some names had been missed off that list and the project had not been going long before people started to mention the name Thomas Fielding Whitaker.

Now that the project has completed the bulk of its work, it has been possible to research TF Whitaker and, in doing so, we have found that there were three men from the family, all of whom were involved in the war, one way or another.

Article – A family at War

 

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Another of our short pieces, connecting the experiences of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers with the iconic poetry of the war period, the work of the so-called War Poets.

Article – Commemorations

 

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Another of our short pieces, connecting the experiences of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers with the iconic poetry of the war period, the work of the so-called War Poets.

Article – Aftermath

 

If you didn’t get a chance to see the WW1 “From Farnhill to the Front” exhibition last year (or if you’d like to have another look), a selection of the display boards and a slideshow will be on display, upstairs in the Institute, to commemorate 101 years since the end of WW1.  Saturday 9/11/2019, 10.00am – 12.00. Free admission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front shows a child receiving a gun from a kneeling soldier and presenting him with laurel leaves.  The child is watched over by an angel holding a dove of peace.

On the rear, the text reads:

Crosshills & Dist.
Peace Celebrations
To commemorate the victorious conclusion of the Great War
and the signing of the peace
June 28th 1919

 

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Another of our short pieces, connecting the experiences of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers with the iconic poetry of the war period, the work of the so-called War Poets.

Article – Gassed !

 

In September 1919, the children of Kildwick school were each presented with a Peace Medallion, by W.A. Brigg.  The medallion commemorated the signing of the Versailles Agreement, and was one of a number of designs used in different areas of the country

Photographs of this medallion have recently been donated to the project:

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front shows a child receiving a gun from a kneeling soldier and presenting him with laurel leaves.  The child is watched over by an angel holding a dove of peace.

On the rear, the text reads:

Crosshills & Dist.
Peace Celebrations
To commemorate the victorious conclusion of the Great War
and the signing of the peace
June 28th 1919

 

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Another of our short pieces, connecting the experiences of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers with the iconic poetry of the war period, the work of the so-called War Poets.

Article – Stretcher bearers

 

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Another of our short pieces, connecting the experiences of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers with the iconic poetry of the war period, the work of the so-called War Poets.

Article – Thoughts of home

 

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Another of our short pieces, connecting the experiences of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers with the iconic poetry of the war period, the work of the so-called War Poets.

Article – The Volunteer chaplain

 

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Another of our short pieces, connecting the experiences of the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers with the iconic poetry of the war period, the work of the so-called War Poets.

Article – Life in the trenches