|Halton Heritage Partnership were awarded Heritage Lottery Funding to mark the centenary of WWI. Those who died during WWI are commemorated on various cenotaphs across the borough of Halton, but this project focused on recognizing those who returned after the war. It aims to help build awareness among the community and in local schools of heroism and crucially the life stories of those who survived the war and what their life was like afterwards. We gathered together stories of people from Widnes, Runcorn, Moore and Daresbury within a booklet which will be available from some of the Heritage Open Day venues. Heritage Open Days is an annual, national event that sees groups, organisations and buildings open up their heritage treasures to the public. All events and activities which run as part of the Heritage Open Days programme are FREE to attend, so what’s not to love? More information will be available here closer to the time of the Open Days telling you what heritage events are happening in Halton as part of this national celebration. From guided tours to pop-up museums, there are lots of heritage activities for people of all ages and interests to explore across the borough.Halton Heritage Partnership bringing Halton’s heritage to life.
……………Extract from Gallant Heroes Booklet
Frank Lawless, Chairman of Halton Heritage Partnership:
Those who died during World War One are commemorated on the various cenotaphs in the Borough of Halton. The VC awards in the Borough are well documented and commemorated, but the many other gallantry awards for those who survived are not. This booklet has focused on some of those who did return and should also be recognised; this project will help to build awareness among the general community and within local schools of heroism and crucially the ‘life stories’ of those who survived the War and what their life was like post-War. To mark the Centenary of the First World War, this project has enabled local people in Halton to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through it. Volunteers have collected photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clearer picture of what life was really like. As many names as we have found and researched; we are aware there are many more who are yet to be acknowledged. We hope you find the stories we have uncovered interesting, and perhaps this will be the start, rather than the end of this project. As Chairman of Halton Heritage Partnership, I and my committee would like to thank Allison Kirk and her volunteers from Norton Priory for researching and taking time to extract relevant news items recording this history. Thanks to a number of families that have let the project use some of their family records. I must also thank the Heritage Lottery for having faith in this project and awarding us a grant.