Fordham Local History Society

WW1 Community Project Fordham's Finest - Preserving the Memory Our project has now been successfully signed off with the Heritage Lottery. The names have been added to the war memorial and we are awaiting the fitting of the clock and then a dedication service for the new stone. By April 2017 our KS2 scheme of work was in place in All Saints Primary School Fordham. The book Fordham's Finest - Preserving the Memory had been published and delivered to every household in Fordham and every child at All Saints Primary School was presented with their own named personal copy to commemorate the Great War. Our week long WW1 exhibition was well received and a great success.

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In May 2015 Fordham Local History Society decided to go ahead and apply for the Heritage Lottery Grant for a WW1 Fordham Community Project. We were successful with our application and received £10,000. Our project would be a fitting commemoration to all the men and their families who went to war; to those who returned and to others who fell in distant fields. We were successful with our application.

We had 5 aims.

1.Write a book which will contain biographies of the men from Fordham who died in the First World War. 18 of these are recorded on our village war memorial. But already we know that there are at least another 11 that are not remembered on our memorial. The book will also include our men who went to war and returned.

2.We shall be working with our school to develop a Key Stage Two Scheme of Work where the children will learn about the men and families of Fordham during WW1 and we would like some of this work to be included in the book. In the future children attending the school will recognise and understand how the loss of these men and WW1 impacted upon the village.

3.An exhibition will be held in the village hall for the launch of the book and each of the 29 men will have a display board dedicated to them. Poetry and art work from the school will also be part of the exhibition. The exhibition will be an interactive commemoration showing Fordham in WW1.

4.Have the remaining names of the 11 men added to the war memorial, finally joining their comrades who perished in WW1. Reinstate the clock which was removed many years ago.

5. A service of dedication will take place in the church with a procession to the memorial for the unveiling.

Go to the War Memorial page for the list of men remembered on our war memorial.

Listed here are the names of men who were added to the memorial, the ones with the stars are on the Essex Roll of Honour.

FRED ARNOLD *
EDGAR HARVEY BAILEY
AMOS ARTHUR GEORGE BOUTELL
GEORGE BUNTING *
ALFRED GEORGE CHINNERY
CHARLES SAMUEL EVERITT *
ALBERT EDWARD KETTLE *
HENRY WILLIAM KETTLE
WALTER MILLER *
WALTER PERRY
WALTER EDWARD STARLING
HARRY GEORGE WEBBER

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