Book charting eight wartime soldiers from same Herefordshire village is released

Members of the Friends of Stoke Lacy Church with copies of We Will Remember Them. (from left); Chris McNaught, Daphne Montandon, chairman John Caiger, Janet Parker, David McKeeman, author Adrian Yeeles and Nigel Montandon.

Members of the Friends of Stoke Lacy Church with copies of We Will Remember Them. (from left); Chris McNaught, Daphne Montandon, chairman John Caiger, Janet Parker, David McKeeman, author Adrian Yeeles and Nigel Montandon.

First published in News

A STORY of eight young men from a Herefordshire village who lost their lives fighting in the First World War has been told for the first time.

The soldiers, who were all from Stoke Lacy, near Bromyard, fell during the Great War 100 years ago.

The story of their bravery has been brought to life by the Friends of Stoke Lacy Church in a 32-page book charting the eight mens' families and wartime postings.

"I am pleased that we have now recorded for posterity the lives of these young men," said Lieutenant Colonel John Caiger, chairman of the Friends of Stoke Lacy Church.

"In future, on Remembrance Sunday each year, as we read the names on our memorial, we will be remembering real people rather than just names."

We Will Remember Them tells the story of Private Charles John Aylett, 19, Private Edwin Whitmore Bishop, 33, Private William Charles Boucher, 20, Rifleman Robert James, 19, Private William Newman, 34, Lance Corporal Albert Thomas Nottingham, 28, Private William James Racster, 29, and Private James Alban Walker, 21.

Before the book was put together by the group, very little was known about the fallen.

But research unearthed stories including the man recruited to war with faulty heart valves, cousins who lived in the same cottage who were both killed, and the young man wounded on an Egyptian battlefield.

"Here are descriptions of just a handful of lives - lives lost - from a small community," said Reverend Clive Evans, the vicar at Stoke Lacy Church.

"Yet each story speaks for millions just like them."

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5:16pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Ubique1 says...

Well done Stoke Lacy for recording this information . What you have done is recorded an important piece of your village history for ever .
Well done Stoke Lacy for recording this information . What you have done is recorded an important piece of your village history for ever . Ubique1
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