Research project aims to honour village war dead

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Repair work at St Vincent’s Church in Caythorpe is under way thanks to a £189,700 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

A team of researchers from the parish have also explored the lives of every local serviceman who died during the two world wars.

Information includes the place of birth of the 28 men, local connections, their regiment and how they died.

Dinah Fuller from the research team said: “Little is still known about the lives of some of those men who served in the First World War and if anyone thinks they may have a family or other known connection with any of these servicemen and could provide more information to inform this research this would be most welcomed.”

All the information will be available in a booklet accessible to anyone interested. Copies will be available later in the church. A free, celebration tea will take place at Caythorpe Village Hall on November 7, from 3-5pm, when the research will be on display.

Caythorpe Primary School children will use the research in history lessons to complete a ‘Passport of Remembrance’ for each soldier, including information from the ‘the little book’ - a part of the bible that each soldier was given in addition to copies of a prayer. The passports also contain a picture of ‘the dead man’s penny’, which was the bronze memorial plaque given to relatives of every man or woman who died in service during the First World War.

These passports will be taken to the war memorial each year on November 11 by school children.