What did your granddad or great granddad do in the First World War? Or grandma, a great aunt or uncle, or other ancestors? We would like to hear from you if you are a long time Greetham family or if you are a relatively new member of our community (i.e. if you’ve been here less than 30 years!).
As part of the commemoration of the centenary of the start of the First World War we are preparing a new book that details the impact of the conflict on Greetham. We have a lot of information about the village at the time, including biographies of many of those who went to war and did not return, or returned as very different people. Hopefully the book will be an interesting and valuable addition to the history of the village.
We really want to do a section in the book that details the impact of the war on people and families living in the village now. It doesn’t matter where you have come from - we already have some fascinating stories from current residents who came to Greetham from as far afield as London, Scotland, Northern Ireland – and even Grantham!
Preferably we would like a short story and a photo of your ancestor or a precious artefact of theirs from the time, and a photo of you (which we will take)! We are quite happy to come and see you, and through our research sources we might be able to find out a bit more information than you may already have.
To meet our deadline we need to have your stories completed and checked back with you by 30th April 2014. It would be great to hear from you because it is very clear that many of us come from families who have been shaped by that conflict of 100 years ago.
Please give either of us a call or email us – we will get straight back to you:
David Bland: 01572 812608
Paul Bland: 01572 812925
We will be leading a guided village history walk ‘Greetham’s Great War Heroes’ in September this year – more details to follow in future months. There is a very good committee organising the event which will be very memorable and done in true Greetham style!
David Bland & Paul Bland