FALMOUTH AND THE GREAT WAR
Falmouth and the Great War is a project organised by students and staff at the University of Exeter (Penryn) and Falmouth University.
As we all know Falmouth has a rich and diverse history, both nautical and military.
2014 being the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, we know it’s important to commemorate and understand Falmouth’s role in this world changing conflict. We all know that empires fell, governments changed, monarchs were deposed and the world changed forever. But we don’t know enough about how Falmouth changed.The war memorial in the centre of Falmouth, in Kimberley Park, represents those that fought and died for their country.
We’ve already started the research on those men and women who paid the ultimate price, defending what they believe in.All the services, not just the Royal Navy, are represented on this memorial, men who fought in the trenches, overseas and even in the air. Others were medics, mechanics, nurses even priests and we think it’s important that Falmouth, in this 100th anniversary knows more about those whose names appear here.
Many people won’t even know that in Falmouth, at the cemetery, there are many men buried from the First World War in an official commonwealth war grave cemetery, but of course many more are buried abroad or lost forever.
What we plan to do is to do research to find out as much as we can about those that fought that were from Falmouth.Second, we intend, using the skills of history students at the University of Exeter, based in Cornwall, and the film students, based at Falmouth University, to find those graves of those from Falmouth who died and to appropriately commemorate them by producing a documentary film of their lives in the war.
Finally, when all the work is done, by November, we will ensure that in this 100th anniversary of the First World War, that Falmouth will formally remember those that died by laying a wreath at each of the graves of those that fell at the Falmouth cemetery, there are 86 from the First World War.
We believe this is an important project that will let Falmouth know more about its own history. We are pleased to have the support of the town council and local businesses.They have been so kind and generous in supporting our project by donating excellent rewards which you can pledge towards to raise the money we need.
We can only do this project with your support – please give as generously as you can.
Thanks to Freerriders of Falmouth for their excellent rewards in support of the project. Here is Louis Allen showing you what you can win!
MORE REWARDS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES WILL APPEAR THROUGHOUT THE MONTH RUNNING UP TO THE END DATE OF 1st AUGUST 2014.