Unique pictorial record of First World War at Barkestone-le-Vale church

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A remarkable First World War display featuring over 30,000 photos can be seen at a village church.

The WWI centenary commemoration display is part of the 11th annual family history and photographic event currently taking place at Barkestone-le-Vale until Saturday, October 18.

It features individual life stories of WWI soldiers who died or served during the war and were related to the current residents of Barkestone-le-Vale.

Sheila Marriott, who created the display, said: “Researching these families’ ancestors has thrown up some remarkable stories and some heart wrenching memories, including the last letter from a solider to his wife.

“It’s been amazing to find out the unique accounts and discover facts many of these families were unaware of, like one of the village residents whose grandfather was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.”

The week-long event held in Barkestone-le-Vale Church also features a 160-foot illustrated family tree, Vale of Belvoir Census (1841 to 1901) and over 30,000 photographs of the village’s people and places.

The event is free and a must for genealogy enthusiasts, historians and families in the Vale of Belvoir. Sheila’s database of facts covers more than 111,000 people and is available in the church for people to carry out their own research.

The displays can be seen at the church on Jericho Lane from 1pm to 5pm each day.

Admission is free and any donations made during the week will go towards the restoration of the church.