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Great War memorials project

Simon Wills finds out about a wide-ranging memorials project that is proving to be a wonderful digital resource for family historians researching Warwickshire men who lost their lives during the First World War


Nuneaton War Memorial
the war memorial in the village of Baginton, Warwickshire

The Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society has taken on a most ambitious project to identify and catalogue all the Great War memorials within its geography and to put the details on the web. The idea was the brainchild of Celia Parton, who has been determined to include every person identfied on a memorial in the society’s online database, and to compose a biography for each one as well. The impressive results are available via the society’s website at by opening the left-hand tab called ‘First World War Centenary’. I spoke to Celia about what she and her colleagues have achieved.

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Where are you going to take your family history this spring? From planning a trip to The National Archives to a meander down memory lane, there are so many choices... I bet there are few among us whose hearts don’t gladden when spring is in the air, and this issue we’ve got all sorts of ideas to help you get out and about and enjoying your family history. Whether you’re going to pay a visit to the archives, or plan a day out or weekend away to the places where your family once came from, it’s sure to add so much to what you know about your ancestors’ lives. It’s definitely true – the more we look, the more we learn. Have fun!