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.
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.
Listed here are the names of men who were added to the memorial, all these names are now on the Essex Roll of Honour which has been updated with all the correct information.