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Karen Clare reports on the latest genealogy news, including highlighting a selection of projects and events that commemorate the lives of our WW1 ancestors. Got a story to share? Email editorial@family-tree.co.uk

212 townsmen honoured across the globe

Dedicated researchers in Thame, Oxfordshire have completed a remarkable project to deliver a cross to the resting place of every man recorded on the town’s war memorials, where ever that may be in the world.

The Thame Remembers project, which began on 4 August 2014 to commemorate WW1 but covers all conflicts, has seen more than 300 local people deliver ‘Thame Remembers’ crosses to graves and memorials worldwide to honour 212 men. Most were delivered to France, Belgium and the UK, but others were taken to Singapore, India, Turkey, Egypt, New Zealand and even naval war graves, such as the hospital ship Glenart Castle, sunk in the Bristol Channel in 1918.

The project, which was a collaboration between Thame Museum and Thame Town Council, will end on Armistice Day, 11 November 2018. Project leader David Bretherton said: ‘It is a fantastic achievement, taken us to places we would never have considered and taken over our lives with the research and organising visits.’

The team is producing a book about the project, to be launched on 21 October at Thame Literary Festival, and a play entitled Ten Tommies From Thame – which follows the stories of 10 men who joined up together in August 1914 – will be staged at Thame Players Theatre on 9 and 10 November. www.thameremembers.org

Wendy Townsend delivers a Thame Remembers cross to the grave in Cairo War Cemetery of George Crick, who died on 24 September 1915

Peterloo film first

Director Mike Leigh’s film marking the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre is itself making history, with its UK premiere taking place in the city where it happened.

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Soon the Last Post will sound as we commemorate the Armistice of 1918, a century ago. If you'd like to find out, or discover more, about your ancestor's time during the First World War - look no further. Our November issue is a First World War centenary commemorative issue, packed with information and advice about the records and the medals of First World War people. Have a read, do some research, and then, this year on Remembrance Sunday you'll be able to say that you truly have remembered them.