The two-year Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funding for the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project concluded at the end of December 2018.

In the past two years, members of the project have achieved far more than any of us thought we would (or even could).  A full report on our activities during that period has been prepared for the HLF.  The research, events, website, and the permanent archive indicate that our time (and Lottery funds) have been well spent.

The end of funding does not mean the end of the project.  There are a number of research strands that will continue:

  • When the 1921 census data is released it will extend our knowledge of these men’s post-war lives – perhaps including those men who left the village in the immediate aftermath of the war and have proved difficult to trace.
  • The WW1 Pension Index cards, held by the Western Front Association, are currently being digitised and will be interesting to examine in due course.  Additional WW1 records may also become available in the future.
  • We anticipate finding out more about the men’s post-war lives from local newspapers of the 1920s, which will be examined as part of the History Group’s ongoing “100 years ago” project.  The long and acrimonious post-war campaign to provide allotments for WW1 veterans might be an interesting topic to research, for example.
  • Finally, we contine to hope that families of the Volunteers might come across this website and contact the project with additional information.
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The story of how the Kildwick War memorial came to be erected.

A slideshow of the war memorial, including details of the men named on it, is available from the Farnhill & Kildwick Local History Group website.

Article – Kildwick War Memorial


A start has been made uploading family trees for the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers, with the rest to follow in the next few days.

These are not only interesting for their own sakes, but they also show the way in which the WW1 Volunteers were connected – often with deep family ties, reflecting a tightly-knit village community.

See the Volunteer family trees page.

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The Farnhill WW1 Volunteers Project has very deliberately restricted its research efforts to the 68 men whose names appear on the Farnhill Parish Council Roll of Honour.

However during the course of the project we have come across the names of other local men who served during WW1 whose stories deserve to be told.

Article – Missing volunteers & other men who served


During the course of our project the Farnhill Methodist Chapel WW1 Roll of Honour, previous thought to be lost, was given to us.  We set about raising funds for the conservation and digital restoration of the Roll which, after 100 years, was in clear need of professional attention.

You can read an article describing the conservation and restoration process.

A slideshow showing the process is also available.

Postcards were the text messages of their day and, throughout the war, Percy Walmsley collected the postcards sent to him from home as well as those he sent home from France.  These were gather together into an album and loaned to the project by his grand-daughter, Kath Whitton.

This gallery shows these postcards, photographed in-situ, without removing them from the album.


Two years of research has enabled us to produce biographies for all 68 men whose names appeared on the 1916 Farnhill Parish Council Roll of Honour.

Today these are published on the Biographies & photographs page.

After many months of work, the digitally restored Farnhill Methodist WW1 Roll of Honour was unveiled during our exhibition “From Farnhill to the Front” on Saturday 10th November 2018.

Unveiling the Farnhill Methodist WW1 Roll of Honour

Farnhill Methodist WW1 Roll of Honour - on display

Here’s a close-up:

Farnhill Methodist WW1 Roll of Honour - detail

The digitally restored roll will be mounted, in an oak frame with UV-filter glass, in the Main Hall of the Institute in due course.

The conserved original is now on permanent loan to the North Yorkshire County Archive in Northallerton.

Below, just a few of the photographs taken during our “From Farnhill to the Front” exhibition on Saturday 10th November 2018.

We had a great turn-out:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition


People enjoyed the slideshow:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

We had displays of artefacts loaned to the project:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

Upstairs, more displays and room for a coffee and a chat:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

The Knitwick and Yarnhill poppy waterfall made an impressive sight:

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

The digitally restored Farnhill Methodist Chapel Roll of Honour was unveiled and on display throughout the day. (It will be framed and put on permanent display in the Institute.)

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition

But amongst all the fun and chatter, there was always remembrance, commemoration and an appreciation of sacrifices made. Lest we forget.

From Farnhill to the Front exhibition


From Farnhill to the Front - booklet

We’ve updated our booklet about the Volunteers, which you can download from here.

If you have any information on any of these men, particularly the post-war lives of those men who survived the conflict, we’d like to hear from you.

Watch out for more material from the project coming in the next few days, as the Big Upload continues.