Barkestone Remembers - WW1 Centenary Commemoration
Exhibition by Sheila Marriott and Trevor Lewis, 11-18 October 2014
By Neil Fortey
This year Sheila Marriott and Trevor Lewis have mounted an exhibition that takes the family history of the Vale of Belvoir into the First World War and the men from its villages that fought in it. Though centred on Barkestone-le-Vale, the exhibition included records of men from all the villages in the Vale area. It is beautifully laid out and represents an enormous amount of painstaking research.
If you haven’t been, get your skates on and visit the display in Barkestone parish church, entry free, before it ends on October 19th. We went on Sunday afternoon, Oct 12th, and had the unexpected pleasure of a performance of WW1 wartime songs sung by Isobel Daw.
Visitors to past Barkestone exhibitions will be familiar with Sheila Marriott’s immense genealogical database of people and families of Barkestone and other villages in the area, displayed as a continuous interlinked family tree that extends right around the nave of Barkestone’s medieval parish church. Trevor Lewis has been conducting research into the men who served in WW1 from these same communities, and presents his work in village folders, each serviceman having his own page or set of pages. We from the new Bottesford WW1 Centenary project were bowled over seeing what has already been achieved. We hope to incorporate information from Sheila and Trevor’s databases into our own project, subject to their agreement of course, and envisage presenting images of their data sheets on this website in due course.
Photos by Neil Fortey, 12th August, 2014