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Hunt for Welling First World War heroes to benefit from Heritage Lottery Fund grant

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 March 2013

Remembrance Sunday at St Michael's Church in Welling last year. Pic by Roger Stevens

Remembrance Sunday at St Michael's Church in Welling last year. Pic by Roger Stevens

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Almost £32,000 has been awarded to the East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust for a new project from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Welling Will Remember Them will see volunteers from the community trained to research and tell stories from Welling men who fought during the First World War.

The research will be started during 2013 so that volunteers can put together an exhibition on their findings, submit stories for a new website and booklet, and be used for learning events during the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War next year.

Project manager Linda Clayton said: “We are thrilled to have the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund in being able to discover the people behind the names of the men who fought and survived as well as those who were never to return.”

Nigel Betts, the trust’s chairman, added: “This will give our community the opportunity to add missing names to the war memorial in St Michael’s Church by November 2014.”

Sue Bowers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “This project will enable volunteers to link the First World War commemoration with local people and thus raise awareness of a global event in a more personal and meaningful way.”

If you want to help contact Linda Clayton on 07914 389885 at heritage@ewt.org.uk.

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