Moreton prepares to remember the fallen in exhibition

Moreton prepares to remember the fallen in exhibition

Private John Hardiman of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who was born in Moreton. He was killed in action in France on July 8, 1918 aged 18.

James Gardiner, the Head Gardener from Batsford Estate.

First published in News

PLANS are underway for a tribute exhibition to the fallen of Moreton held to commemorate the start of the First World War.

In the first three weeks of July, Moreton will host its second Art Weeks festival which this year is paying homage to the fallen heroes of the town in the exhibition 'We Remember Them'.

It will include a collection of photographs, extracts from the war diaries of the time and artefacts relating to the period but with specific relevance to the fallen, commemorated on the Moreton Memorial.

And old photographs are being restored and coloured by Adam Wood, a Moreton based designer, as part of the project.

Kit Havelock-Davies, Chairman of the Moreton Business Association and one of the Moreton Art Weeks team, said: "With an Exhibition in the Redesdale Hall commemorating the soldiers from the town and the local area, we have drawn upon the Moreton and Batsford roll of honour to see what more could be found out about Moreton’s fallen.

"We have begun to bring together a collection of photographs, extracts from the war diaries and artefacts which we hope will bring some of their stories to life.

"We hope to provide an interesting and thought provoking exhibition that will bring to life the realities that beset so many young men a century ago."

Some of the stories collected include that of James Gardiner, the Head Gardener from the Batsford Estate, of No. 4 Company, Ninth Battalion, who was killed at the Masnieres-Beaurevoir-Fonsomme line on October 5, 1918.

Other stories include four Moreton men, George Bishop, Frederick Gillett, John Irvine and Robert Wheeler, who all died on August 8,1915, at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli.

'We Remember Them' launches on Saturday, July 12 in the upper hall of the Redesdale Hall with a talk by historian and author Neil Storey.

Anyone with information or photographs who would like to share for this exhibition should call Mr Havelock-Davies on 01608 650727 or email wold.galleries@btconnect.com.

For more information, visit facebook.com/heroesofmoreton.

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